Buying and Selling a Horse

Buying and selling horses is fraught with pitfalls.  If you are a beginner to this process, you may want to read up on the subject first. Buying and Selling a Horse by Cherry Hill is a Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, full of practical information distilled into its most concise form. You will learn: How to…

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

Like the other B vitamins, vitamin B9 (folic acid) is an important nutrient for the metabolism. It is necessary for synthesizing fatty acids, and it works with vitamin B12 to produce certain amino acids, as well. Folic acid is necessary for manufacturing DNA, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This translates into a wide range of vital functions:…

Red Cedar Invasion

What are those pesky evergreen trees popping up in large numbers all over your pasture? Most likely they are eastern red cedar trees, the only evergreen native to Kansas.   Is the Eastern Red Cedar Invasive? You may be wondering how a native tree can be invasive.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service provides the…

Weather Folklore: Animal Prognosticators

Some weather-related folklore depends on animals to predict the weather. You are probably already familiar with the groundhog and the woolly bear caterpillar, but there are quite a few more animal prognosticators out there! Can we rely on animals for an accurate forecast? Let’s find out. If the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2,…

Fishes in Kansas

Here’s another handy identification guide for those of you who enjoy nature.  This one covers the many kinds of fish found in Kansas. Fishes in Kansas by Frank B. Cross and Joseph T. Collins can be a big help to those who enjoy fishing but are new to fish identification.  Along with a useful illustration,…

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

Vitamin B7, also known as biotin or vitamin H, is commonly associated with healthy skin and hair.  It certainly is useful in this role, since it works with vitamin B6 to produce keratin, the protein which makes up hair, feathers, hooves, and horns.  However, vitamin B7 has many other vital roles, as well. Like the…

Weather Folklore: Changing Seasons

Many weather-related folk sayings attempt to provide long-term forecasts. Old-timers relied on them to figure out whether a hard winter was coming or whether a late frost was on the way. Were the old-timers right? We’ll find out! If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. Partly fiction. Even…