Many gardeners know that cool, dry, dark places are ideal for long-term seed storage. Many gardeners cite the seeds found in ancient Egyptian pyramids as evidence. According to the popular story, these seeds, after lying dormant for thousands of years, sprouted when planted. Most scientists would agree on the perfect conditions for storing seeds. However,…… Continue reading Seeds From the Tombs
Knowing your soils is a good idea, no matter where you live or what type of country living activity you pursue. The USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service makes that job easy. The Web Soil Survey site takes a little bit of getting used to, but it provides a wealth of information. Once you have selected…… Continue reading Web Soil Survey
Whatever stage you are in as a new farmer, one of the best things you can do is to read extensively. We have picked out 10 must-reads to get you going.
What better heritage food to celebrate than Turkey Red winter wheat, the grain that made Kansas the Wheat State?
Agriculture is very much a weather-dependent pursuit. The success or failure of both garden and field crops in any given year depends primarily on the rainfall and temperatures. Even pastures should be managed with an eye to the sky. With this in mind, it is a good idea to know roughly what type of weather…… Continue reading 30-Year Normals
Many involved in agriculture, commercial or entrepreneurial, feel that technology will shape the future.
Young people continue to enter agriculture, while some environmental issues have attracted the attention of the average American.
Summer can be very busy, but don’t forget to learn and brainstorm. Spend some time enjoying nature, researching animals, and growing healthy plants. Brush up on your birdwatching vocabulary. Discover how wood type affects the sound of your guitar. Explore the 11 physiographic regions of Kansas. Learn about rare and popular breeds of livestock. Consider…… Continue reading Get Ready for July 2016
On July 1, 2016, a law will go into effect in Vermont that promises to impact Americans in all 50 states. It is Act 120, a labeling law requiring food manufacturers to disclose the presence or possible presence of GMOs in their products. Obviously, big food companies can’t easily tailor their food labels to the specifications…… Continue reading How Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Affects You
There’s a new farming technique on the Midwestern prairie. It’s innovative, it’s sustainable, but it’s also readily available.