Quote of the Week: Abounding

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. —2 Corinthians 9:8

Conformation (Free Download)

Conformation is a frequently misunderstood topic.  All too often, when people (even livestock breeders) think of conformation, they think of the cosmetic aspect, the eye appeal, of an animal. The American Quarter Horse Association published a free PDF download on this topic from a different perspective: Conformation: The Relationship of Form to Function by Marvin…

Carrot

Carrots are a garden favorite.  One of the tastiest ways to enjoy them is to peel them, cut them up into sticks, and serve them raw with dip.  They also add a nice touch to stir-fries and soups. Looking for something a little different?  Try boiling or steaming some carrots and serving them as a…

How the Carbon Cycle Works

The law of conservation of mass teaches us that matter cannot be destroyed.  It can only change forms. This principle has many practical applications.  Some of them have to do with agriculture.  For example, the carbon cycle.   How It Works Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during photosynthesis. The carbon dioxide is converted…

Big Predators Return to Kansas: Gray Wolves

The gray wolf was once a resident of much of the United States, adapted to a wide range of habitats.  It was common in Kansas, except perhaps in the very southeastern corner of the state.  Explorers once recorded its presence in both prairie and forested habitats. This much-feared animal was frequently shot on sight by…

The First Book of Farming

Interested in taking a scientific approach to farming?  Give this oldie a try: The First Book of Farming by Charles L. Goodrich. Although not entirely up to date, The First Book of Farming nevertheless contains many sound principles.  It explores the needs of a plant, examining each of its parts in turn: Roots. Seeds. Leaves….

Beet

Beets are one of those things that you either love or hate.  If you hate beets, there is no recipe in the world that can make them appetizing.  If you love beets, however, you may enjoy exploring some of their possibilities.  The greens can be used in salads or lightly cooked.  The roots can be…

What is a Hair Sheep?

All types of sheep have wool.  But not all sheep growl curly masses of it all over their bodies.  Some sheep grow mostly hair. Every sheep has two kinds of hair: Coarse outer guard hairs. Soft, wooly undercoat hairs. The difference between a wool sheep and a hair sheep is the proportion of each that…

Big Predators Return to Kansas: Mountain Lions

Large predators such as mountain lions, gray wolves, and black bears were once a regular part of the great Kansas outdoors.  They’re gone now, though, right? Maybe not.  In recent years, all three of these species, once thought to be extirpated from our state, have shown up within Kansas borders. Over the next three weeks,…