Work garden soil in the fall

Fall is the preferred time to prepare garden soil for next spring’s vegetable garden. Spring is often wet making it difficult to work soil without forming clods that remain the…

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Finding beauty in all seasons of life

“But the days grow short when you reach September…” …Words to a beautiful old song which was released in 1938. It reminds us of life’s changes. September is a month…

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Better than you think

For the most part, people hold themselves and their abilities in high regard. When compared to those around us, we tend to believe we are better than average. For instance,…

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Equalization of taxes and educational spending

The Kansas education finance formula is difficult to understand. In a previous article I shared information about the General Fund. This is the first fund that is considered when building…

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September is National Healthy Aging Month

National Healthy Aging Month promotes ways people can stay healthy as they age. It’s never too early to begin thinking about how the choices you make now will impact your…

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Small grain cereals for pasture

Forage quality has rapidly declined following the heat of August and the lack of widespread rainfall so far in September. The recent rains have made me more hopeful that cereal…

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Prepare your soil for spring

As the growing season for many gardens comes to a close, it is a perfect time to evaluate and improve your soil health. Your garden will thank you in the…

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Small grain cereal options

With parts of the area recently receiving beneficial moisture, and some forage supplies remaining tight, you might be considering a small grain cereal for grazing/haying this fall/winter. A companion article…

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A better boxed meal

Imagine it’s late afternoon on a typical weekday. Do you know what you’re having for dinner tonight? Most people don’t, according to a recent survey. About 70 percent of adults…

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Not worth a hill of beans — a devotional from Revelation 21:1-7

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17 New Revised Standard Version) What does…

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New 4-H year is on the horizon

With each new school year comes opportunities for growth in and out of the classroom. For those ages 7-18, now is the time to consider adding 4-H to their hands-on…

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Annual Notice of Change Letter — arriving in September for Medicare beneficiaries

Medicare beneficiaries must watch their mailbox for the Annual Notice of Change Letter (ANOC), which will arrive in September. Medicare sends the ANOC notice to Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part…

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Programs for dairy producers

My title is Livestock and Natural Resources and I try to offer articles in each of these program areas. However, if you feel I talk about beef cattle more than…

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Planting fall cover crops

As you go over the garden checklist from last week, cover crops might stand out as a novel idea for your garden. On the surface, cover crops sound like extra…

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Variability in soil sampling

While not the only factor affecting variable production levels across a field or hay meadow, soil fertility is certainly one we use management to try and overcome. We can’t change…

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