Get Ready for April 2016

Spring is in the air! Are you ready to get outside, grow some plants, and build something new? Learn how to transplant successfully. Take advantage of three free planting guides from K-State. Mix up an easy radish salad. Download free building plans and construct something new. Learn how to tell a rattlesnake from a kingsnake….

Paint

The American Paint Horse is often confused with the pinto—after all, they both share a distinctive flashy color pattern.  Unlike the pinto, however, the Paint is truly a breed, developed from a subset of horses with pinto coloring. The pinto horse was once popular throughout the world, but it was perhaps most common and favored…

Anderson Creek Fire Nearly Contained

The largest fire in Kansas history, known as the Anderson Creek fire, has been burning for a week now. At the present time, the fire is reported at 95% total containment. The fire is 81% contained in Barber County, 90% contained in Comanche County, and 98% contained in Woods County, Oklahoma. A total of 367,620…

K-State Horticulture Newsletter

Gardening in Kansas can be a very unique experience. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find information tailored to our somewhat unpredictable climate and growing conditions. Fortunately, K-State has filled the gap with a weekly newsletter packed with useful and timely information that gardeners of all stripes will appreciate. Whether you have a kitchen garden,…

Mustang

Few types of horses have become as iconic as the mustang, the symbol of the American West. Its name comes from the Spanish word mestengo, “stray animal.” That word precisely indicates the mustang’s origin. Whenever Spaniards traveled to the New World, they brought horses with them. These horses were of a wide range of types:…

Pawnee Indian Museum

The site of the present-day Pawnee Indian Museum near Republic, Kansas, was accepted by the state in 1901, making it the oldest State Historic Site. The site was dedicated and opened to the public that same year. Thousands came to witness the ceremony and to see a granite monument—to an event that never happened in…

How We Crossed the West

Lewis and Clark reached Kansas on June 26, 1804, and departed only two weeks later.  However, their brief stay had a significant impact on the future state: They named some of the geographical features of interest. They imparted new knowledge of the area to the rest of America. They wrote a favorable account of the…

Mule

A mule has a jack (male donkey) for a father and a mare (female horse) for a mother.  The result is an intriguing blend of equine characteristics that rarely occurs in the wild, but has occupied a special place in human life since ancient times. Mules were first bred in the Middle East, where they…