Link: Online Bird Guide

Ah, the joys of country living.  Spending time with the animals, discovering that overgrown cucumber in the garden, listening to the birds…. Kansas is blessed with a gorgeous array of bird species—songbirds, hawks and owls, herons and egrets, and even a surprising number of sandpipers, seagulls, and other birds we tend to associate with coastal…

Osage Cuestas

The Osage Cuestas (pronounced Kwestas), encompassing nearly all of eastern Kansas south of the Kansas River, are a region of hills and ridges, steep on one side and gently sloping on the other. Because the Osage Cuestas cover so much area, there is plenty of variation in the terrain, though not as much topographical relief…

The Old-Fashioned Windmill

Harnessing the power of wind is by no means a novel concept. Those little old farm windmills, dwarfed by modern wind turbines, have their roots in the Middle East, where they were used as far back as the 800s. From there the idea spread to both Asia and Europe, and then traveled to American shores…

Diatomaceous Earth and Parasite Control

Both internal and external parasites can be the bane of a livestock owner’s existence. They make your animals’ lives miserable, increase the risk of disease, reduce performance, and just look nasty. Unfortunately, drugs are proving to be increasingly ineffective as parasites adapt to modern chemicals. Isn’t there some natural remedy out there that will consistently…

Free eBook: Home Vegetable Gardening

Don’t you just love old books that are still relevant today? Here’s one for the gardener of the family: Home Vegetable Gardening: A Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of All Vegetables, Fruits and Berries Worth Growing For Home Use by F. F. Rockwell. This book is about a hundred years old, but is…

High Plains

Historically a region of shortgrass prairie, the High Plains now hosts an extensive system of irrigated agriculture.

Knowledge-Based Farming

Have you ever thought about all of the different skill areas and branches of knowledge that are related to agriculture? Biology is an obvious one, but dig a little deeper. There is far more involved in farming than just plants and animals. A Sampling of Skills A farm can sharpen the math skills of the…

What is Endophyte-Free Fescue?

Reading up on pasture forages tends to give one the distinct impression that having a field full of endophyte-infected fescue is not a good thing…but what is an endophyte? Why is it bad? Endophyte-Infected Fescue Simply put, an endophyte is a fungus that lives inside tall fescue. The fescue itself is in no way harmed…

Free eBook: Building a Sustainable Business

Are you considering making the jump and turning that farming hobby of yours into a real business?  Do you already have a farm business and are considering expansion, new options in your operations, or maybe passing the enterprise along to the next generation?  If so, you might want to map out your ideas in a…

Glaciated Region

The Glaciated Region occupies the northeastern corner of Kansas and is roughly bordered by the Kansas River on the south and the Big Blue on the west. Geologists named the area based on a theory that two glaciers once covered the landscape and shaped the terrain. Rocky hills and wide valleys with accompanying floodplains provide…