Cornell Vegetable Disease Fact Sheets

Looking for a convenient reference to vegetable diseases?  Cornell has created an online resource that you will probably find very useful. Fact sheets and informative articles are organized by plant, making this resource very easy to use.  Just click on the vegetable you are interested in to start learning about diseases: Identification. Control methods. Insect…

Fall River State Park

Like nearby Cross Timbers State Park, Fall River State Park is located on former Osage Indian land. However, Fall River Lake is much older than Toronto Lake at Cross Timbers. In fact, it is one of the oldest reservoirs in Kansas. When the Flood Control Act of 1941 was passed, dam construction was made possible…

Top 10 Bluegrass Songs You Should Know

So you’ve got your new instrument and you want to know where to start. That is a hard question to answer, because there is such a wealth of excellent bluegrass music waiting to be played. However, some good old songs have formed the core repertoire of countless artists since bluegrass began. You can’t go wrong…

Beef Cattle Frame Scoring

Take a quick look through our cattle breed guide and you’ll soon realize that cattle come in all shapes and sizes. It’s pretty obvious that if you live on a small acreage, you’ll probably want a smaller breed, perhaps even a miniature breed. But what if you have a slightly bigger farm—40, 80, or maybe…

Drought Gardening

Drought is a challenge some Kansas gardeners face frequently.  Even in wet weather, precious water resources must be conserved, because one never knows just when the next dry spell will hit. Before you have to deal with the next drought, be proactive.  Plan ways to make your garden more water-efficient.  Consider reading Drought Gardening by…

Elk City State Park

Elk City State Park boasts a rather varied early history.  Like much of southeastern Kansas, it was once inhabited by Osage Indians, but this changed after the Civil War.  Many Union veterans had visited Kansas during the war.  Those who were looking for a fresh start in what promised to be a thriving post-war state…

Hardpan

Hardpan can be the bane of a farmer’s existence. Once a layer of hardpan forms, no water can penetrate the soil beyond that level.  Any moisture that reaches the hardpan layer will simply run off. Furthermore, roots cannot enter the hardpan, either.  Once a probing root tip feels the hardpan, it will turn aside, directing…