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.

2020 has been a tough year, and it seems one thing after another is getting canceled or postponed. The cancellation of the 2020 Cowley County Fair was a tough pill to swallow for many in our community. For 4-H families, it simply meant finding an alternative. While the traditional public fai…

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No fruit on your tomato plants is likely due to the weather. Tomatoes thrive in warm, sunny conditions, but temperature extremes can prevent otherwise healthy plants from setting fruit.

Arkansas City High School educators Kasie Bogart and Josie Reilly were among 19 educators who converged over three days June 23-25 for an intensive training on engine teardown and operation at the Blue Valley High School Agricultural Education Center.

Food preservation options include freezing, dehydrating and canning.  Using the correct preservation method will safely preserve food and yield a quality product you can enjoy later.

Are you noticing brown “Christmas ornaments” on your trees that aren’t supposed to be there? It’s not Christmas in July, you’ve got bagworms, and now’s the time to do something about them, before it’s too late.

Many home gardeners in Kansas are bringing in the bounty from their spring and summer work these days, so Ward Upham understands if the last thing they are thinking about is planting vegetables.

If you visited my kitchen, you would notice a few science experiments in progress. My daughter is growing a starter for sour dough bread, and I have peels and other food waste destined for my compost. Bacteria is at work; and in these examples, working for good.

A Kansas State University veterinarian is urging cattle producers to beef up their plans for managing heat stress in their herds, a challenge that costs the U.S. cattle industry up to $370 million in losses each year.

During the pandemic of COVID-19, the United States food supply chain experienced a disruption. This was painfully evident with U.S. meat supplies, as meat plants were closed down causing a decrease in supply at the supermarket and an increase in prices. Due to the limitations seen during COV…

The extra time at home has given me the excuse to review things in storage. This past weekend, I unpacked a shoe box that contained some childhood items. Let’s examine a few of the contents to determine if I am a hoarder or a historian.

At the upcoming Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Commissioner’s virtual meeting on June 25th, a new proposal will be discussed that, if passed, would allow coyotes to be hunted at night using lights, night vision and thermal imaging gear. Coyotes can presently be hunted at…

Anyone with a gluten sensitivity may be familiar with teff (Eragrostis tef), a cereal crop from Ethiopia that is gluten free and often used in cooking.

Those of you that know us at all are aware that Joyce and I absolutely hate the heat of summer. My dad was just the opposite; in weather like we’ve had the last week, he would have had windows open and MAYBE the ceiling fan going, but certainly not the AC. I keep thinking that as I get older…

Onions add abundant flavor, are low in calories and naturally fat and cholesterol free. Consider how you can consume more onions for your health. 

Our local farmers are gearing up for harvest. Because we live in a rural area, many of our local citizens are affected by harvest, and not just because they have a job that is related to agriculture. Harvest means lots of big farm equipment on the roads, and increased risk. If you are drivin…

The Udall FFA chapter received the prestigious Triple Crown award at the final session of the virtual 92nd Kansas FFA Convention on May 27-29.

Grandpa always said some of the best fishing can be when its raining. Its sometimes tough to test that theory here in Kansas because if seems that more often than not, our rain comes with abundant thunder-and-lightning, or it comes as literal downpours, neither conducive to fishing. We just …

Where can you shop for local foods or other items? How can you sell your foods locally?

A total of 50 students from the South Central District FFA were awarded their State FFA Degree during the virtual 92nd Kansas FFA Convention on May 27-29.

Awhile back, one of the greeters at church whose daughter was getting married was telling me about the excursion to buy his suit for the wedding. When asked why he was not wearing a tux’ for the occasion, he replied “I think it’s on my bucket list that I will never wear a tuxedo for anything…

Even as state and local COVID-19-related restrictions ease, plenty of people are still delivering food to friends and family members, particularly those most at risk.

Kansas net farm income rose again in 2019, largely owing to government support payments meant to buffer the effect of trade disputes amid lackluster commodity prices, according to the annual summary by the Kansas Farm Management Association.

In “Cow”ley county, we like our cows. May 28 is National Beef Burger Day (part of National Beef Month). But ground beef is useful for more than just burgers. That’s why various partners are supporting local Cowley County food pantries with the “burger cow” project. Your financial contributio…

Agricultural producers across the state of Kansas have come to know and expect the research based information provided by K-State Research and Extension, particularly in the field of agronomy. Crop variety plots on K-State’s campus, as well as in counties across the state provide valuable “o…

Summer activities often include food as part of the fun. Don’t let mishandling of food lead to food borne illness. Learn how practicing a few simple steps will help keep food safe.

I’m sometimes bothered by sensory overload, like when the entire church congregation gathers in the church basement for a meal, or when dozens of aunts, uncles and cousin you didn’t even remember come out of the woodwork for Christmas dinner. All the combined conversation and commotion just …

The Reid family is approaching our 10th anniversary in Cowley County. However, some of my family members are still confused about where things are stored in the kitchen. If they can’t find something in the kitchen, would they be able to find items or information in an emergency?

TOPEKA — The warmer weather of May brings many Americans to their backyards, opening their bags of charcoal and filling their propane tanks during the start of grilling season. While the debate over gas, charcoal or wood continues, one aspect of grilling is undeniable, the protein. May is Be…

So, it looks as though the 2020 Summer Olympics have become collateral damage from the corona virus “pandemic;” a shame, I think. But not to worry, cause’ I have a few suggestions for summer Olympic events we can hold right here in the heartland of the good ole’ USA. 

You’ve got questions, AgManager’s got answers. K-State Research and Extension is known for providing research-based information to citizens across the state. As a part of a broader unit, local Extension Offices are equipped to provide sound information to serve our local agriculture producer…

Tumultuous times in the meatpacking industry linked to the current new coronavirus pandemic has prompted calls for changes to the structure of the industry, but two Kansas State University agricultural economists are warning against overreactions to a structure that has been years in the making.

K-State Research and Extension is part of the national cooperative Extension network. My Nebraska colleague, Michelle Kreibel, has great advice for providing comfort in a changing world, especially for youth. — Becky Reid

I’m not sure what cancelling the “stay-at-home” order for our state accomplished, as everyone I know has been going everywhere they darn well pleased anyway. We wear masks, try to stay the “required” 6 feet away from each other in check-out lines, don’t hug aunt Bessie if we see her in the a…

Joyce and I agree on important stuff, like what temperature the house should be and what color socks I should wear with what pants, but from there, we go in different directions, especially when it comes to food. I like mushrooms and she can barely bring herself to say the word. Although Kan…

April showers are bringing May flowers (and other beautiful plants)! Check out the May Garden Guide from kansashealthyyards.org to plan your outdoor beautification projects this coming month! Blooming flowers and healthy grass are signs of one of the best months for gardening in Kansas. Wild…

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