What is Endophyte-Free Fescue?

Reading up on pasture forages tends to give one the distinct impression that having a field full of endophyte-infected fescue is not a good thing…but what is an endophyte?  Why is it bad? Simply put, an endophyte is a fungus that lives inside tall fescue.  The fescue itself is in no way harmed by having…

Free eBook: Building a Sustainable Business

Are you considering making the jump and turning that farming hobby of yours into a real business?  Do you already have a farm business and are considering expansion, new options in your operations, or maybe passing the enterprise along to the next generation?  If so, you might want to map out your ideas in a…

Glaciated Region

The Glaciated Region occupies the northeastern corner of Kansas and is roughly bordered by the Kansas River on the south and the Big Blue on the west. Geologists named the area based on a theory that two glaciers once covered the landscape and shaped the terrain. Rocky hills and wide valleys with accompanying floodplains provide…

Looking at the Bigger Picture

In nature, everything is part of everything else.  Cycles and systems are all inextricably linked together to form a whole environment.  Microscopic organisms are just as important in their place as larger living creatures.  The solar cycle and the water cycle interact, and both plants and animals are necessary to the food chain. The rest…

Choosing a Breed of Chicken

Whether you are looking for a meat bird or a hard-working laying hen, here’s how to find a breed you will love.

Free eBook: Sheep Production in Kansas

If you are looking for a basic guide to purchasing and caring for a flock of sheep, try Sheep Production in Kansas.  This 76-page bulletin was originally published by the Kansas State Agricultural College in 1927. The bulletin covers a variety of topics, including sheep selection, pasturing, feeding, and housing.  Want to know: Which breed…

Flint Hills

If you’ve lived in Kansas for any length of time, you’ve heard of the Flint Hills, the largest remaining tallgrass prairie on the continent. 4.5 million acres of bluestem pastures and rolling hills about two counties wide stretch from Cowley County in the south to Marshall County in the north. Many Kansans (and non-Kansans, too!)…

Streams of Income

Setting up multiple streams or sources of income is a good idea no matter what we do in life, but it is an invaluable practice for the country family and an indispensable one for the self-employed country family.  If a catastrophe strikes one source of income, chances are there will still be others.  Furthermore, small…

Getting Started: Part 4—Focus

Distractions abound in all areas of life.  Every day we are bombarded with ideas: Things that we must do. Things that we could do. Things that we want to do. Things that we really ought to do. Things that we have to do whether we want to or not. Things that we would be happy…

Free eBook: How to Direct Market Your Beef

For those of you who want to sell beef, How to Direct Market Your Beef by Jan Holder is a must-read! In a friendly, easy-to-understand manner, Holder explains the different aspects of direct marketing entrepreneurs will encounter, such as niches, pricing, distribution, advertising, public relations, and record keeping.  You’ll also find out how to have…