Kansas Outdoor Treasures

If you love exploring the beautiful scenery of Kansas, then this guide is a must for you! Kansas Outdoor Treasures: A Guide to Over 60 Natural Destinations by Julie M. Cirlincuina has something to offer to outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties: Hiking. Biking. Horseback riding. Auto tours. Fishing. Hunting. Camping. This guide to the parks,…

South Devon

The “Orange Elephant” brings not only size to the table, but also a sterling disposition.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a difficult concept to define because of its complexity. The idea is to use multiple tactics, both proactive and reactive, to keep crop damage below the economic injury level (EIL). Proactive Tactics Much of IPM focuses on preventing pests from becoming a major problem in the first place: Keeping growing…

Greenwood Hotel: Part 1—Construction

If old buildings could talk, what stories they would have to tell! And the Greenwood Hotel on 300 North Main in Eureka, Kansas, could tell its fair share of tales of railroads and cowboys, oil men and visionaries, neglect and preservation. It all started in the days of cattle drives, when Texas Longhorns filled up…

Album of Horses

Who doesn’t love books by Marguerite Henry?  If your family has enjoyed her horse stories, you will love this title, gorgeously illustrated by Wesley Dennis. Although not exhaustive, the Album of Horses covers popular horse breeds in story form, making it a great choice for children. The Album of Horses includes 24 of America’s favorite breeds:…

Simmental

The Simmental is a dual-purpose cattle breed tracing back to Switzerland of the Middle Ages. It is believed to be the result of a cross between native Swiss cattle and a large German breed brought to the area by nomads in the 5th century. For centuries Swiss farmers prized the Simmental for its strength, copious…

How Often Should a Garden Be Watered?

As the temperatures rise and hot winds blow, those of you who are still fairly new to gardening may be asking this question: How often should I water my garden? The simple answer: As often as it needs it.   The Leaf Test The way that you become a green thumb is by working with…

Challenges to the Ogallala Aquifer

The Ogallala (OH-ga-la-la) Aquifer stretches underneath 174,000 square miles of dry plains, making it one of the largest aquifers in the world. It supplies water to some of the thirstiest farmland in the nation, including parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota. This aquifer has been a real boon…

HomeMade

Here is just the thing for the handyman of the family.  Whatever you want to build, whether it is for your home, your garden, or your farm, check out this book for ideas. HomeMade: 101 Easy-to-Make Things for Your Garden, Home, or Farm by Ken Braren and Roger Griffith provides a drawing and a brief…

Shorthorn

Short-horned cattle have existed in Great Britain since at least the time of the Romans. The Shorthorn breed as we know it, however, dates back to the 1700s, when cattle owners in northeastern England took the native stock in hand and began selective breeding. These early breeders mainly raised dual-purpose cattle, which in this case…