Angus

Those familiar with the popularity of the Angus breed today may be surprised to hear of its humble beginnings. Angus cattle originally descended from polled (naturally hornless) native cattle of Aberdeenshire and Angus, counties in northern Scotland. The strains from the two counties were crossed and recrossed over time until a distinct breed, then called…

What is Management-Intensive Grazing?

Management-intensive grazing (MiG) is difficult to define because of its flexibility. Simply put, MiG is a systems approach to keeping grazing animals of all kinds. It starts with goals (environmental, economic, and lifestyle) and progresses to a grazing plan that takes your unique circumstances into account. MiG has much to offer those who keep grazing…

How To Make Osage Orange Fence Posts

Permanent fencing is sometimes necessary, but it can also be costly.  However, with a little time and effort (and a few Osage orange trees) you can make your own fence posts and save some money. Why Osage orange?  It lasts.  Once the wood dries, it’s iron tough.  Just watch out for the thorns…. You will…

Doing the Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way

Wouldn’t you like to know that you’re doing the work of the Lord? And wouldn’t you like to be sure that you’re doing it in His way? If your answer to these questions is “yes,” you might be interested in a sermon in two parts fittingly titled “Doing the Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way”…

Wellington–McPherson Lowlands

The Wellington–McPherson Lowlands are like no other part of Kansas. Occupying the south-central part of the state, this region really is flat—except for the sand dunes.   Soil The soil in the Wellington–McPherson Lowlands consists mainly of sand, silt, and gravel. In spite of the sand dunes, erosion isn’t as much of a problem in…

Soil Types

Many books about gardens, crops, and pastures refer to soil and soil types.  After all, soil type is a key piece of the farming equation, one that will affect many of your practices. So perhaps a few definitions are in order. Of course, we could get really scientific about this and delve into the nuances…

Don’t Look Back

We all have probably made this mistake at some point in our lives.  It’s very easy to do.  But it’s also one of the most crippling things that we could do to ourselves. We look backward.  We dwell on our past mistakes. And, boy, have we made some mistakes, too: Saying things that were more…

Kansas State University Weather Data Library

Country living enthusiasts and agripreneurs alike need access to weather data to manage their pursuits wisely. Here are all of the weather-related resources a Kansan could wish for—in one place! The Kansas State University Weather Data Library offers a wealth of information we can use, whether we are raising plants and animals, in the backyard…

Smoky Hills

The Smoky Hills region, occupying the north-central part of Kansas, consists of three separate bands of hills running from southwest to northeast. The western band is the Chalk Buttes, a relatively flat area compared to the other two, but with geological surprises that give it a charm all of its own. The middle band is…

How To Build a Two-Bin Composter

Composting is probably one of the most familiar techniques of organic gardening. No wonder—it’s a great way to enrich the soil and make use of some of that garden debris that always collects as the season progresses. Composting just makes sense. However, deciding to make compost is one thing, and coming up with a compost…