Category: Updates

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017It’s Christmas time once again!

Thank you for another great year at Homestead on the Range! We are looking forward to bringing you even more helpful country living information in 2018.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for some helpful resources to start the new year right or just for a little interesting reading, allow us to make a few recommendations.


Best of 2017

From Homestead on the Range

3 Ways to Stay Posted3 Ways to Stay Posted


The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)




Introducing Cowboy PoetryIntroducing Cowboy Poetry


Pros and Cons of Niche MarketingPros and Cons of Niche Marketing


Keeping a Garden JournalKeeping a Garden Journal


Winkler CraterWinkler Crater: A Kimberly Pipe in Kansas


What is a Landrace Breed?What is a Landrace Breed?


Seeds From the TombsSeeds From the Tombs


8 Reasons to Memorize Scales8 Reasons to Memorize Scales


The Wonderful Wizard of OzThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz


5 Tips for Improving Your Writing5 Tips for Improving Your Writing


British and Continental Cattle BreedsBritish and Continental Cattle Breeds




Ox Yokes and CollarsOx Yokes and Collars


Dog BreedsDog Breeds


Pros and Cons of Hot CompostingPros and Cons of Hot vs. Cold Composting


The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 1The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains


Kansas GovernorsKansas Governors




Web Soil SurveyWeb Soil Survey


Murray McMurray Chick SelectorMurray McMurray Chick Selector


Stockdog SavvyStockdog Savvy


How to Master the English BibleHow to Master the English Bible




Food PreservationFood Preservation


Top 10 Marguerite Henry BooksTop 10 Marguerite Henry Books


Cover Crop Decision ToolCover Crop Decision Tool


An Introduction to Heritage BreedsAn Introduction to Heritage Breeds


Kansas Ag ConnectionKansas Ag Connection




Luster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test KitLuster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test Kit


Pick PunchPick Punch




Shetland SheepdogShetland Sheepdog


3 Ways to Stay Posted

3 Ways to Stay Posted

3 Ways to Stay PostedDid you know that Homestead on the Range offers three different ways to keep up with the latest country living information?

  1. On the Range. Your weekly country living update! With a free subscription to On the Range newsletter, you will also learn about additions to the bookshelf, new photos in the gallery, and important post revisions. In addition, you receive exclusive seasonal suggestions, country living news headlines, and food for thought. While you’re at it, sign up for our periodical publishing newsletter for book releases, specials, and freebies.
  2. WordPress. You can also opt to let WordPress send you new posts from Homestead on the Range, even if you don’t have a website! While you can read our posts in the WordPress Reader, you may enjoy setting up an email subscription for convenience. Just click the floating Follow button in the lower-right corner of the screen, or scroll down to the signup form in the footer.
  3. RSS. And, of course, there’s always our feed, ready for use with your favorite reader.

We’re looking forward to making your country living adventure a success! Enjoy!

On the Range Gets a New Look

On the Range Gets a New Look

On the Range Gets a New LookOn the Range, your country living update, has a fresh look!

The new simplified design for this free weekly newsletter allows for easier reading, no matter what device or program you use to read emails.

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  • Headlines that affect you.
  • Fun facts.
  • Food for thought.
  • Reading challenge hints.
  • The latest additions to the bookshelf.
  • New photos in the gallery.
  • Site updates.
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We’re looking forward to sending you the new and improved On the Range!

Getting Ready for February 2017?

Getting Ready for February 2017?

Getting Ready for February 2017?Looking for seasonal reminders and fun things to do this February? We have moved our monthly Get Ready updates to On the Range, our free weekly country living newsletter.

Subscribing is easy! Just follow this link and enter your email address. You can start receiving your weekly newsletter as early as tomorrow!

Other features you can look forward to include:

  • Links to our latest posts.
  • Timely tips on country living.
  • Hints to help you complete the reading challenge.
  • Updates from around the site.
  • The latest additions to the bookshelf.
  • New photos in the gallery.
  • News headlines that affect you.
  • Quotes and fun facts to keep you thinking.

We’re looking forward to sending you your first issue!

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas 2016It’s already that time of year again—time to celebrate the birth of Christ and enjoy the company of our family members!

Cold weather and snow mean that it is also time to find a cozy seat and catch up on some research and reading. Please enjoy this year’s lineup of our best content.

We’re looking forward to serving you again in 2017. Merry Christmas! Read More

On the Range Survey

On the Range Newsletter Survey

On the Range SurveyHave you been enjoying your free subscription to On the Range, your weekly country living update?

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Not a subscriber? Sign up here! In every issue, you will receive timely tips, food for thought, and headlines that affect your farm, along with notice of the latest posts, updates, books, and gallery additions at our site.


Introducing Our Free Weekly Newsletter

Introducing Our Free Weekly Newsletter

Introducing Our Free Weekly NewsletterWe are about to unveil a new source of information that we think you’ll enjoy—On the Range, our weekly country living newsletter!

Introducing Our Free Weekly NewsletterEvery issue will be packed with exclusive subscriber-only resources:

  • Timely tips to keep your farm in sync with the seasons.
  • Notices of new updates and resources at Homestead on the Range.
  • The latest additions to our gallery and bookshelf.
  • Headlines that affect your family’s health, finances, business, and more.
  • Facts and quotes to pique your curiosity and keep you thinking.

Introducing Our Free Weekly NewsletterPlus, you’ll find out what we’ve posted recently and which posts others have found helpful each week.

Receiving a free subscription to our weekly newsletter is easy. Just enter your email address here. Once you have confirmed your subscription, all you have to do is wait to receive the next issue of the newsletter.

Already signed up to receive our posts in your inbox via Feedburner? You’re in luck! You have been automatically transferred from a Feedburner email subscription to an On the Range subscription. Instead of receiving a post in your inbox every day, you can look forward to one newsletter a week including links to the latest posts.

We’re looking forward to sharing more great information and resources with you—starting this Friday!

Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas 2015Christmas is here again, and another year has come and gone already!

Thank you for taking the time to browse the information and resources we dug up this year.  We’re already looking forward to getting back into things next year with fresh posts, resources, quotes, and more.

Looking for a little bit of reading over the holidays?  Winter is a great time to research and plan for a new year!  How about perusing some of our favorite additions to the site from 2015?

Merry Christmas!


Best of 2015


Published By Homestead on the Range

The Family Garden JournalThe Family Garden Journal




A New Year’s ChallengeA New Year's Challenge


The Seal of KansasThe Seal of Kansas


The Overland Navigation CompanyThe Overland Navigation Company


The Power of HumusThe Power of Humus


Rattlesnake or Kingsnake?Rattlesnake or Kingsnake?


How Glyphosate-Resistant Crops WorkHow Glyphosate-Resistant Crops Work


The Story of the Stetson HatThe Story of the Stetson Hat




Top 10 Bluegrass Songs You Should KnowTop 10 Bluegrass Songs You Should Know


What Makes Some Cucumbers Bitter?What Makes Some Cucumbers Bitter?






Big Predators Return to KansasBig Predators Return to Kansas: Mountain Lions


The Four Kansas ConstitutionsThe Four Kansas Constitutions: Topeka


Kansas State ParksKansas State Parks


The Breeding ToolboxThe Breeding Toolbox: Introduction






Historical Atlas of KansasHistorical Atlas of Kansas


Waterers and Watering SystemsWaterers and Watering Systems


All New Square Foot Gardening CookbookAll New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook


Free LSU Building PlansFree LSU Building Plans


U.S. Drought Monitor

United States Drought Monitor


Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic GardeningRodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening


The Cross Centered LifeThe Cross Centered Life


Storey's Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North AmericaStorey’s Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America


Loving God With All Your MindLoving God With All Your Mind






5 Things Every Beginning Charcoal Artist Needs5 Things Every Beginning Charcoal Artist Needs




Gator CasesGator Cases


General’s Pastel Chalk PencilsGeneral's Pastel Chalk Pencils




Two Bees on a Tall ThistleTwo Bees on a Tall Thistle


Johnson Grass

Johnson Grass in Bloom


Toad BugToad Bug


Dam at Fall River State ParkDam at Fall River State Park


Amelia Earhart StatueAmelia Earhart Statue




HappinessQuote of the Week: Happiness


The Fight in the DogQuote of the Week: The Fight in the Dog


The PastQuote of the Week: The Past


InsanityQuote of the Week: Insanity


Ignoring the ClimateQuote of the Week: Ignoring the Climate


They Can’t Get AwayQuote of the Week: They Can't Get Away


The Shoulders of GiantsQuote of the Week: The Shoulders of Giants


OpportunityQuote of the Week: Opportunity


HorsesQuote of the Week: Horses


A Genuine KansanQuote of the Week: A Genuine Kansan


Our Vitamin Guide—Updated!

Our Vitamin Guide—Updated!

Our Vitamin Guide—Updated!We have updated our vitamin guide to include country pets, those special cats and dogs that share our lives and help us out around the farm.

In addition to information on vitamins in livestock nutrition, you will now find details applicable specifically to pets:

  • Natural sources of vitamins tailored to carnivores.
  • Causes of vitamin deficiency unique to cats and dogs.
  • Symptoms that pets are unlikely to share with livestock.
  • Causes and symptoms of toxicity specific to small animals.
  • Medicinal uses of vitamins that have been successful in pets.

The usual cautions apply.  Content regarding medical conditions and treatment is provided for general information purposes only, and is not to be construed as legal, medical, or professional advice.  Please consult your veterinarian for advice regarding your specific animal’s needs.