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Two U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists working on the Kansas State University campus are part of a national team that has earned praise for its pioneering work in building sturdy resistance to a highly-virulent strain of stem rust in wheat. 

Let’s pretend we are in your high school science class and we are discussing pH — the measurement of acidity and alkalinity. We might think of pH in a solution, but pH also exists in food and the soil.

Even if they have not yet gone dormant, many Kansas lawns are starting to slow their growth, which means homeowners are starting to eye a more permanent spot for storing their lawnmower. 

Fall is here and we’re looking for all the changes- cooler temperatures, changing (and dropping) leaves, wrapping up one growing season and preparing for the next year. The Cowley County Extension Office has resources available to producers to help improve their lawns and gardens including K…

Winning exhibitors at the 88th Kansas Junior Livestock Show earned premiums, while others were presented scholarships for excelling academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA.

Outdoor activities are almost limitless, and the cycles of nature provide a revolving door, constantly changing to create new and exciting opportunities throughout the year.

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The Winfield Soroptimist October Yard-of-the- Month went to Sheryl and Richard Clower of 1303 E. Seventh Ave. With them is Soroptimist member Ruth Parman.

In the United States, there are about 3.4 million agricultural producers, which account for just one percent of the total U.S. population.  To bring awareness and attention to the  challenges that farmers have faced in the last two years, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety…

Hand washing continues to be a key role in reducing COVID-19 spread. When COVID-19 started, there were concerns that the virus could be transmitted via surfaces and packaging. This caused consumers to buy cleaning supplies like never before and not using cleaners as directed.

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Two past FFA officers, Caleb and Corbin Liermann, had the vision to bring a disc golf course to the community about 2 1/2 years ago. There were setbacks in engineering the baskets, not having enough time due to COVID-19, floods, money and changing locations, but more than 20 Ark City FFA mem…

September through November is the best time of the year to renovate lawns and prepare turf for winter. It’s also a great time to refresh the landscape and patio with the colors of the season. Westlake Ace Hardware offers these six easy tips to refresh your lawn and landscape and enjoy the be…

Reliable. I like and need reliable. Can you think of a time that a vehicle or something else wasn’t reliable? I bet you have a story and possibly regrets.

Youth have entered 1,889 animals in the 88th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), which will take place October 2-4 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. A total of 784 exhibitors from 95 counties have entered 135 market steers, 368 breeding heifers, 228 market hogs, 260 breeding gi…

Fall is a time of transition. Agriculture producers, whether in crops or livestock must always be thinking and planning ahead.  Just as families transition into the new school year, cattle producers use fall as a transition season on their operations. Fall is a time to move spring-born calve…

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Deadheading, trimming, and pruning are part of growing and maintaining a beautiful and productive garden and landscape. Make sure you are outfitted with the right tool for the job. Matching the tool to the pruning task will help ensure a proper cut, reduce hand fatigue, and allow you to work…

It’s been over a month since the news first reported consumers in Kansas and Oklahoma receiving unsolicited packages of seed through the mail. At that time, we weren’t hearing anything locally about citizens receiving packages, but in the last week, our office has fielded multiple calls. The…

Where do cowboys come from? In my family’s case, they came from a farm in Ohio. My cousins Del and Dana were raised on that farm but had an itch to go to rodeo school out in Texas. And in due time they became cowboys, the real kind, cowpokes who fix fences, brand cattle, and sleep soundly in…

You have likely started a task and the first direction is “read all the instructions before beginning.” This is especially true with food preservation. It is also why I am still “in progress” with my food preservation project.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) will offer an online Extension Master Gardener (EMG) basic training this fall, beginning Sept. 3 and ending Dec. 17. The training will be held in a virtual format utilizing zoom technology as fall travel is limited f…

I periodically write about best practices for food preservation using research-based resources from K-State Research and Extension and other partners. Here is my confession — I am a novice with actual hands-on experience, especially with canning. But that is about to change. Over the next se…

Humans consume data daily, from knowing the latest COVID-19 counts to learning which baseball pitcher threw the most strikeouts from the mound. In sports, that data can determine which player gets called up to play. 

Whether it is the hot weather, the age of your landscape or simply the need for change; a late summer makeover can help you increase your landscape’s beauty. Put the “wow” back into your garden with a few new plantings, garden art, or other simple improvements.

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Annabel Hogan shows off her hand-sewn dress at the Walnut Valley 4-H Club’s August meeting, which was held outdoors to maintain social distance. She entered the dress in the Cowley County Fair, where it received reserve champion. Also pictured, Hogan’s mother, Tabitha; sister, Amelia; and fa…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced changes for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. That includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers.

As the seasons change, we adjust our gardening tasks and plantings to match. Animals also make changes this time of year, often changing their eating habits and dining locations. These adjustments can impact your gardens. Reduce the risk of damage by starting in fall to protect your landscap…

All your hard work is paying off with a bountiful harvest. Fresh produce is filling your garden, countertops, and refrigerator while the garden keeps producing more. Preserve some of your harvest to enjoy throughout the winter with some tried-and-true or updated variation of food preservatio…

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In the spring of 2004, I stood chest-deep in the Arkansas River in south Wichita, holding the biggest flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) I had ever seen. I’d spent the day stumbling upstream, over rocks, in a pair of borrowed neoprene waders. A cold rain soaked every inch of my clothes. …

Kansas gardeners may need just a little more patience and ingenuity if they’re finding that their tomatoes are slow to ripen this summer.

Enjoy the spicy heat hot peppers add to your meals without concern for the many myths surrounding these garden vegetables. Here are a few you may have heard but are not true.

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