Recommended Remedies

All animal owners should keep something on hand to treat wounds.  After some experimentation, we have settled on two favorites. The first remedy is an aerosol spray that comes in a couple of varieties.  Wound-Kote by Farnam and Blu-Kote by Dr. Naylor both seem to work equally well.  This is a purple spray typically sold…

Greater White-Fronted Goose

The Greater White-Fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) is named for the strip of white feathers surrounding its pink bill.  Overall, however, it is mostly dark gray-brown with black barring and speckling on its belly, earning it the name “speckle-belly”.  Its tail is black with contrasting white tail coverts.  This is the only eastern goose with bright…

3 Tasty Salads…Without Lettuce!

When some of us think of salads, the first thing that comes to mind is a big bowl of lettuce with dressing on top. But when you’re growing your own vegetables, it doesn’t have to be that way.  As a matter of fact, when the hot summer weather comes around, your lettuce will probably be…

What is a Life List?

In birdwatching parlance, a life list is simply a list of all of the birds a person has seen in his life. Of course, different people have different reasons for watching and keeping records of wild birds, and life lists tend to reflect these various purposes. For example, someone with only a casual interest might…

Alfalfa Production Handbook

If you plan to grow alfalfa in Kansas, K-State has just the guide you need.  The Alfalfa Production Handbook is available online for download as a free PDF. Topics include: Choosing a variety. Planting times and methods. Stand renovation. Nutrient needs. Irrigation. Common pests and diseases. Cutting and storing hay. Harvesting alfalfa with livestock. Alfalfa…

White Park

Tradition tells us that wild white cattle have wandered over the British Isles since the days of the ancient tribes. White cattle were long revered by the Druids and were frequently used for sacrifices. When the Romans invaded the British Isles, the Druids fled to the remote regions of Ireland, Scotland, and northern Britain, taking…

What Caused the Dust Bowl?

Drought caused the Dust Bowl, right? Well, yes, but there’s a little more to the story. We must remember that history is not a simple case of cause and effect, but rather a vast tangled web of innumerable causes and effects. This means that we probably will never have all the answers to the question…

The Prayers of the Righteous

The book of James is so rich, isn’t it? One particularly beautiful nugget of truth is found in the second half of chapter 5, verse 16: The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Short and sweet, but it touches the heart. Unfortunately, we are sometimes tempted to use this verse as an…