Why is there so much emphasis on N, P, and K? Each of these nutrients is essential to plants because they serve vital functions.
Are you prepared to be challenged? Here’s a book on raising grassfed cattle that may do just that. The first half of Reproduction & Animal Health: How to Select, Breed, and Manage a Herd for Health and Performance on Grass by Charles Walters and Gearld Fry discusses how to select cattle for breeding purposes. Cattle consultant…… Continue reading Reproduction & Animal Health
Here’s an inspiring read for youngsters with an interest in farming: A Champion of the Foothills by Lewis Edwin Theiss. Ned Higgins grew up on his father’s run-down farm, firmly believing that it will never amount to anything. His sole ambition is to find a paying city job that will enable him to buy a…… Continue reading A Champion of the Foothills
We all know why there are thistles and other undesirable weeds in the world, right? And to Adam He said,”Because you have listened to the voice of your wifeand have eaten of the treeof which I commanded you,’You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you;in pain you shall eat of it…… Continue reading Why Thorns and Thistles Grow
So where will you put your garden or orchard? Here are some things to consider: sunlight, proximity, temperature, drainage, soil, and toxins.
Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS First, a little background. Farmers have plowed and tilled the soil for thousands of years. Sometimes they debated how often to plow, or how deep to plow, or what tool to use to plow. But they always plowed. Ancient Egyptian artwork portrays oxen pulling plows; many large breeds of horses…… Continue reading How Does No-Till Farming Work?
Goat owners, if you can only buy one book on goat health, consider this book by Pat Coleby. It is guaranteed to quickly become a favorite, one you will refer to often whether you raise goats for milk, meat, or fiber. Coleby’s approach in Natural Goat Care to goat care is unique, based on the principle that…… Continue reading Natural Goat Care
Lake Inman, the largest natural lake in Kansas 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…… Continue reading Wellington–McPherson Lowlands
Soil type is a key piece of the farming equation, one that will affect many of your practices. Here are just the basics of sand, silt, clay, and loam.
The Smoky Hills region, occupying the north-central part of Kansas, consists of three separate bands of hills running from southwest to northeast.