We all know that healthy plants are resistant to bugs. Unfortunately, we all too often forget to ask ourselves why this is true. In nature, weak organisms are typically attacked first. In the animal kingdom, predators see and smell the weakness of their prey. Gardeners have long suspected that diseased or dying plants put out…… Continue reading Why are Healthy Plants Bug-Resistant?
If you plan to grow alfalfa in Kansas, K-State has just the guide you need. The Alfalfa Production Handbook is available online for download as a free PDF. Topics include: Choosing a variety. Planting times and methods. Stand renovation. Nutrient needs. Irrigation. Common pests and diseases. Cutting and storing hay. Harvesting alfalfa with livestock. Alfalfa…… Continue reading Alfalfa Production Handbook
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a difficult concept to define because of its complexity. The idea is to use multiple tactics, both proactive and reactive, to keep crop damage below the economic injury level (EIL). Proactive Tactics Much of IPM focuses on preventing pests from becoming a major problem in the first place: Keeping growing…… Continue reading What is Integrated Pest Management?
As the growing season gears up, so does the bug season. While all may be peaceful right now, it won’t be long before we start seeing grasshoppers, caterpillars, blister beetles, and other unwelcome visitors in our gardens. Now is the time to remember the old cliché: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of…… Continue reading 5 Tips for Deterring Garden Bugs
If you’re inclined to enjoy the company of insects, you’ll probably find plenty of use for this guide!
It was the mid-19th century. The cattle drive era was in full swing. Longhorns from Texas were entering Kansas in droves on their way up to the railheads. New towns were booming and fresh beef was being supplied to industrialized, post–Civil War consumers. But something was seriously wrong. The problem was not with the hardy…… Continue reading Texas Fever
Both internal and external parasites can be the bane of a livestock owner’s existence. They make your animals’ lives miserable, increase the risk of disease, reduce performance, and just look nasty. Unfortunately, drugs are proving to be increasingly ineffective as parasites adapt to modern chemicals. Isn’t there some natural remedy out there that will consistently…… Continue reading Diatomaceous Earth and Parasite Control