The Farm Journal: What

Now that you have decided to keep a farm journal, you will need to decide what to keep it in. What tool should you use to record the things that you have learned? First off, there is no one right answer to this question. We are all different, so it stands to reason that we…

The Weather Wizard’s Cloud Book

Are you fascinated by the constantly changing panorama of the sky? Would you like to try your hand at amateur weather forecasting? A great starting point for those with an interest in the weather is The Weather Wizard’s Cloud Book by Louis D. Rubin Sr. and Jim Duncan. This book will help you learn how…

Lineback

The story of the traditional Lineback is essentially the story of the American melting pot. In the early days of our country’s settlement, people arrived from many different parts of Europe, often bringing their native breeds of cattle with them. Most of these, naturally, were various breeds of the British Isles: From Ireland, the Irish…

10 Ways to Use Extra Eggs

As the daylight hours increase, so does egg production. Every day, your hens are working harder and faster to lay more eggs. There is just one problem: What are you going to do with all those eggs? If you keep chickens, it’s a problem you’re going to have to solve sooner or later. Allow us…

The Farm Journal: Why

Keeping a farm journal is a rewarding practice for beginners and experts alike.  In this series, we will try to answer four critical questions about farm journals: why, what, when, and how.  Enjoy! It is true that we can learn a great deal from farming books, but there is no substitute for hands-on experience.  Unfortunately,…

Kansas Breeding Bird Atlas

The Kansas Breeding Bird Atlas by William H. Busby and John L. Zimmerman is the result of countless hours of surveys in the field and investigation into other nesting records from across the state. Two pages provide a synopsis of each bird’s breeding activity in Kansas: A brief overview of the species. A map showing…

Limousin

One of the more practical Continental breeds, the Limousin brings key carcass traits to crossbreeding programs.

The 5-Minute Brainstorming Challenge

Have you ever tried just sitting down with a sheet of paper and doing nothing but brainstorming for five minutes? The solutions and enterprises you can come up with are astounding. True, not all of your ideas will be worth pursuing. But some of them will, and that is the point of the whole exercise….

What are Heirloom Plants?

What exactly are heirloom plants? That is a tricky question to answer simply because gardeners differ on the precise definition. There are two traits that most heirloom plants have in common: A long history. The ability to breed back true to type (in other words, not hybrid). Also, many heirloom plants have been developed over…

Laura Ingalls Wilder Country

If you love the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder—and who doesn’t?—you will probably enjoy this beautiful book. Laura Ingalls Wilder Country by William Anderson contains countless photos of the people and places Laura loved, from Lake Pepin in the Big Woods of Wisconsin to the Little House in the Ozarks and everywhere in between. …