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Stone Arch Bridges

Stone Arch Bridges

Do you love those picturesque stone arch bridges in Cowley County, Kansas? Do we know the website for you to visit!

StoneArchBridges.com is a unique blend of history, physics, how-to, and photography. It offers well-researched information about bridges in Kansas (and other places, as well!) that can be extremely difficult to find anywhere else.

Just to give you a flavor of what this site is about, past topics have included:

One of the many things we love about this site is that the author has really taken the time to get to know the subject. He has traveled Kansas extensively, dug through old newspaper clippings for obscure information, and even built a small stone arch bridge in his own backyard.

Whether your interest is architecture, Kansas tourism, or backyard masonry, you are sure to find something of interest here. (And be sure to browse around for some great photos!)

While you’re at it, you may also be interested in the reading the posts the stone arch bridge expert has written for Homestead on the Range. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Hard to believe that another year has passed and a new year is just around the corner!

We’re looking forward to bringing you more helpful content and resources in the coming year. There are some exciting plans in the works!

Meanwhile, have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a great time browsing this year’s lineup of our favorite posts and resources.

Best of 2018

From Homestead on the Range
Publishing Newsletter

Homestead on the Range Publishing Newsletter


5 Years of Abundant Living in Flyover Country

5 Years of Abundant Living in Flyover Country


Posts
How to Test Seed Germination Rates

How to Test Seed Germination Rates


Is Raw Honey Safe?

Is Raw Honey Safe?


How to Welcome Your Mail-Order Chicks

How to Welcome Your Mail-Order Chicks


The Broody Hen vs. the Incubator

The Broody Hen Versus the Incubator


Pros and Cons of No-Dig Gardening

Pros and Cons of No-Dig Gardening


What is Permaculture?

What is Permaculture?


C:N Ratios of Common Organic Materials

C:N Ratios of Common Organic Materials


Adding Value to Wool

Adding Value to Wool


Basic Principles of Breeding Heirloom Vegetables

Basic Principles of Breeding Heirloom Vegetables


An Introduction to Sheep Dairying

An Introduction to Sheep Dairying


Series
Goat Breeds

Goat Breeds


Kansas Populist Movement Basics: The Beginning

Kansas Populist Movement Basics


Milk Substitutes: Lactose-Free, Soy, Almond, and Rice

Milk Substitutes


Eat Your Colors

Eat Your Colors


Resources
Territorial Kansas Online

Territorial Kansas Online


Johnny Kaw

Johnny Kaw: A Tall Tale


Kansas Historical Markers

Kansas Historical Markers


WunderMap

WunderMap


Dear Readers and Riders

Dear Readers and Riders


Grazing Systems Planning Guide

Grazing Systems Planning Guide


Intensive Grazing: An Introductory Homestudy Course

Intensive Grazing: An Introductory Homestudy Course


Heritage Livestock Breed Comparison Charts

Heritage Livestock Breeds Comparison Charts


Top 10 Skill-Building Resources

Top 10 Skill-Building Resources


Lightning

6 Sources of Free Stock Photos


Supplies
Nebo Lights

Nebo LED Lights


Heritage Livestock Breeds Comparison Charts

Heritage Livestock Breed Comparison ChartsWe recently linked to the Pick-a-Chick chart from the Livestock Conservancy, allowing prospective chicken keepers to compare the characteristics of heritage breeds at a glance. The Livestock Conservancy has many other useful charts for other types of livestock, as well:

Depending on the type of livestock under consideration, these charts offer basic information on important factors to evaluate when choosing a breed:

  • Purpose.
  • Size.
  • Temperament.
  • Preferred climate.
  • Foraging ability.
  • Litter size.
  • Mothering ability.
  • Production level.
  • Recommended experience level.
  • And much more!

The charts offer a very easy way to compare and contrast breeds, as well as a way to discover some of the rarer breeds:

  • Florida Cracker cattle.
  • American Cream Draft horses.
  • Poitou donkeys.
  • Mulefoot hogs.
  • San Clemente goats.
  • Gulf Coast sheep.
  • American Chinchilla rabbits.
  • Midget White turkeys.
  • Cotton Patch geese.
  • Dutch Hookbill ducks.

Highly recommended free resource!

K-State Entomology Newsletter

K-State Entomology NewsletterWhat bad bugs are invading your area? The K-State entomology newsletter may have the answer.

This newsletter keeps Kansans informed about the comings and goings of a wide range of insects of economic importance, particularly those that impact field crops. Pests of corn, soy, wheat, sorghum, sunflower, and alfalfa are regularly discussed.

However, this newsletter also can assist you in the garden or even around the house. Topics of interest from past issues include:

  • Cabbageworms on cole crops.
  • Japanese beetles on roses.
  • Sawflies on pines.
  • Scales on landscape trees and shrubs.
  • Clover mites in dwellings.
  • And even desirable insects, such as painted lady butterflies.

As you might expect, chemical control methods are the emphasis in the K-State entomology newsletter. But no matter what practices you rely on, you will find valuable assistance in insect identification in each issue.

You can subscribe to the K-State entomology newsletter via email, or you can regularly check their website for PDF versions of new issues. The newsletter comes out roughly weekly, but the schedule is dependent on insect activity across the state.

Pick-a-Chick

Pick-a-ChickLooking for the best breed of chicken to raise this year? How about a heritage breed?

Heritage chicken breeds may not reach the egg or meat production levels of commercial hybrids, but they are often healthier and hardier, not to mention more attractive. For a free-range situation, heritage breeds can’t be beat.

The Livestock Conservancy has a very helpful and accurate chart to assist new poultry keepers in choosing the best breed for their circumstances. This chart displays key characteristics of each breed in an at-a-glance format:

  • Origin.
  • Conservation status.
  • Purpose.
  • Weight.
  • Egg color.
  • Egg size.
  • Rate of lay.
  • Temperament.
  • Brooding instinct.
  • Recommended experience level.
  • Climate preference.

Additional information is also provided on important considerations, such as hardiness, predator savvy, foraging instinct, mothering ability, meat characteristics, and genetic challenges that breeders may face.

Breeds range from the hardy Ancona to the ornamental Yokohama and include everything in between, such as traditional American favorites like Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, and Plymouth Rocks.

Great resource for beginners and seasoned chicken keepers alike!

WunderMap

WunderMapAs wet weather sets in, it’s handy to have access to tools for tracking rapidly changing weather conditions. One resource we’ve made good use of is the WunderMap from Weather Underground.

The WunderMap is an impressive compilation of data from the National Weather Service, trained spotters, law enforcement officials, and citizen scientists. With the click of a checkbox, you can view:

  • Temperature, wind, and precipitation data from weather stations.
  • Live radar and satellite images.
  • Current warnings, watches, and advisories.
  • Webcams.
  • Front types and locations.
  • Data from the GFS and ECMWF models.
  • Locations and timings of positive and negative lightning.
  • Major active fires.
  • Reports of severe weather such as ice, flooding, and hail.
  • Tornado strength.

This one is great for weather enthusiasts of all levels. If all you need to do is loop the radar, it’s easy. But if you are eager to try your hand at some amateur forecasting for your own personal benefit, you have some good tools at your disposal.