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.
Are you ready for fall? Spend a little time watching the birds, caring for the animals, and stocking the pantry. Invest in a dog owner’s home veterinary handbook. Feed your backyard birds. Discover why people built round barns. Stock up for the winter. Learn about pH. Weigh the pros and cons of draft animals. ExploreContinue reading “Get Ready for September 2016”
Even when the afternoons are too hot for outdoor work, you can still make the most of the time with research and planning. Spend some time studying business, marketing, nutrition, animal health, and more. Consider new ways to direct market your beef. Find out how reproduction and animal health are related. Discover 96 horse breedsContinue reading “Get Ready for August 2016”
Imagine starting out in western Kansas as a young farmer in the year 1929. The economy is booming, the first crop of wheat is ripening beautifully, and prosperity is just within reach. Then the wind begins to blow.
Get ready for spring! It’s time to plan new projects, start a garden, and get outside to enjoy nature. Start a new garden or orchard. Plan your farm water system. Take on the 5-minute brainstorming challenge. Learn more about growing your favorite vegetables. Learn about the breeding birds of Kansas. Start a farm journal. FindContinue reading “Get Ready for March 2016”
Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. —Mark Twain
Job 36:26–37:13 Psalm 147 Psalm 148 Jeremiah 10:12, 13 Matthew 16:1–4
Here’s a hefty photo book that anyone who likes to keep an eye on the sky will enjoy. The Book of Clouds by John A. Day provides an interesting look at atmospheric phenomena that can serve multiple purposes. First, the clouds and optical effects we see in the sky on a regular basis are groupedContinue reading “The Book of Clouds”
Gardening in Kansas is quite a bit different than gardening in most other states—and that can be both good and bad.
Drought is something that Kansas country families have to take seriously. Farming and ranching, even on a small scale, are extremely water-dependent pursuits. If you want to keep up to date on droughts in your area, take a look at the United States Drought Monitor, a tool jointly produced by the USDA, NOAA, and theContinue reading “United States Drought Monitor”