Effective communication

The excitement that students have as they begin a new school year is contagious. Yes, even those high school students act like they are not excited, but it is mostly…

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Getting real with returns

Investing can be a fun enterprise when your investments are increasing in value. Like gambling wins, people love to talk about their successful investments. But most people do not accurately…

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Why do you need a durable power of attorney for healthcare?

We have all heard stories about people who can’t speak for themselves in a healthcare crisis. We have listened to family members’ disputes about how to make the best decision…

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A take away from a trip to Nebraska

If you know me, you know I have great appreciation for the ruminate animal and their ability to convert sunlight into food through the power of the rumen, arguably as…

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Liming acid soils

Fall is a great time for soil testing – providing we get some moisture to allow us to get a soil probe in the ground. While much of our focus…

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Champion 4-H foods are announced

As an annual tradition, I share, along with the permission from the members, their “winning” champion recipe. This year is no exception. This year, we had a sister duo who…

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The History Road: The John and Dorothy Bowlby Lanning Series

Mrs. Ernest Baker and Mrs. Carroll Showalter were in charge of the Annual Lanning Picnic held on Sunday, July 30, 1950, in a picnic shelter house at Sycamore Springs. Mrs….

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Dividing daylilies

Daylilies need to be divided every three to four years to maintain good flower production. Though they may be divided in early spring before growth starts, it is more common…

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Redeeming the time

Killing time is a grand illusion. Perhaps it is human nature to kill time by putting things off. We may leave our Christmas decorations out longer than we should. We…

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Fall armyworm scouting

As hopeful as I am we’ll avoid last fall’s armyworm feeding onslaught, it’s time to again be scouting for fall armyworm feeding. Known to feed on over 80 host plants,…

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Forage sampling, analysis

Once a month, I sit in on a Zoom meeting with Extension agents across the state and we discuss the current issues surrounding livestock production. Expanding drought across Kansas and…

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Brain lapse or something more serious?

Have you ever walked into a room and didn’t know why you came in? Have you ever forgotten someones name, but it is right on the tip of your tongue,…

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Set your mind on things above

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that…

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Preparing for pear harvest, harvesting winter squash

Pears should not be allowed to ripen on the tree. They should be picked while still firm and ripened after harvest. Tree-ripened fruits are often of poor quality because of…

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A few facts, observations and takeaways from COVID-19

Has COVID-19 been a blessing or a curse? A nightmare or an opportunity? Heart sadness, or heart gladness? We have endured almost three years of this, and I think we…

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