It’s melon season

Summer and fresh, juicy melons are a perfect match. Whether you grow them or buy from somewhere else, handling and prepping them safely at home is important. It is easy…

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Cow grazing

It seems most of the district is in a moderate drought. Livestock enthusiasts are anxious! Planning now can help ease the mind. While there is no single right or wrong…

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Leaf-spot diseases of tomato

You’d think in a spring/early summer this dry that fungal diseases wouldn’t be a big issue. It’s true that the drier weather and warmer temperatures have reduced some disease pressures…

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Healthy grilling tips

Do you like your grilled steaks extra well done? Then please read on… These early summer days stir up an urge to be and do as many things outside as…

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Want your kids to eat healthy?

Our kids are eating too much junk. And who can blame them? Junk food tastes great. The good news is that healthy food also tastes great. Here are simple ways…

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The road less traveled

Let’s try something – as you read through the articles in this newspaper, make a list of everything you read that will still matter 500 years from now. How long…

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Bagworms: they have arrived

Bagworms – Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis – are emerging from eggs, and the young caterpillars are out and about feeding on plants. Eventually bagworms will be present throughout the rest of Kansas…

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Part I: You’re going to get stung!

I was a fortunate youngster growing up in a small rural town in Kansas. What made it fortunate for me was the fact that both sets of my grandparents lived…

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Tree health assessment

K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Specialist Ward Upham wrote an article this week entitled: How Healthy Is My Tree? Seems to me to be a pretty good question! Many would…

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Stress management

Everyone experiences both good and bad stress. It can come from mental activity (for example, working on a research paper), emotional activity (having a milestone birthday), or physical activity (taking…

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Wouldn’t you know it?

I took my laptop to a training at Great Bend, and it gave me great fits! So I called our IET department and tried some “over the phone” fixes. Because…

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Tips to make the most out of your Farmers Market trip

Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month? Celebrate by visiting your local farmers market. Farm fresh produce is the perfect delicious addition to any summer…

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The POWER of Habit

John Dryden famously said, “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” Confucius said, “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.” And Aristotle…

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Practical Soteriology (Theology of Salvation)

What do you believe in? Where do you put your trust? Reflect on the sources of joy, comfort and hope in your life. BAM! You are doing theological work! Many…

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What’cha Working on Big?

Andy Stanley is a pastor in Atlanta, Ga., as well as a nationally renowned speaker about leadership. One of the stories he tells is of the impact on his life…

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