Category: The Sunflower State

Osage Cuestas

Osage Cuestas

The Osage Cuestas (pronounced Kwestas), encompassing nearly all of eastern Kansas south of the Kansas River, are a region of hills and ridges, steep on one side and gently sloping […]

The Old-Fashioned Windmill

The Old-Fashioned Windmill

Harnessing the power of wind is by no means a novel concept.  Those little old farm windmills, dwarfed by modern wind turbines, have their roots in the Middle East, where […]

High Plains

High Plains

Historically a region of shortgrass prairie, the High Plains now hosts an extensive system of irrigated agriculture.

Glaciated Region

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 […]

Flint Hills

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 […]

Cherokee Lowlands

Cherokee Lowlands

The Cherokee Lowlands occupy roughly 1,000 square miles in parts of Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette counties in the southeastern part of the state. Overall, the region is one of […]

Chautauqua Hills

Chautauqua Hills

The Chautauqua Hills run in a narrow band (ten miles wide at most) from the Kansas–Oklahoma line up to about Yates Center. Rolling uplands mark the region, and the Verdigris, […]

Arkansas River Lowlands

Arkansas River Lowlands

This sandy floodplain is a unique ecosystem, but one which challenges farmers to the utmost.