Develop dialogue

Submitted by John Schlageck More often than we’d like to admit we sometimes shoot ourselves in the foot when talking about the challenges we face in farming and ranching. These conversations…

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Jefferson County 4-H Foods champions announced

For many years, I have featured the Overall Grand Champion and Overall Reserve Champion Food winners and this year is no exception. These winners both hale from Valley Falls and…

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Spider mites

Because spider mites like hot and dry weather, populations continue to wreak havoc on our garden crops. Tomatoes, in particular, seem to be bearing the brunt of spider mite pressure…

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Grazing plans

We’ve been having a grazing school through some mini Tailgate Talks. We will be having our third and final of the season on Aug. 21. This is graciously hosted by…

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Wild Times: Do it quickly, Part IV

The night before the hunt we rode around the countryside in the Toyota Land Cruiser checking out the sights and observing the variety of the wildlife that inhabited the area….

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Minister Speaks: Vocal music only during worship service

Probably the one thing that folks know about the Church of Christ if they know anything at all, is that it does not use a musical instrument to accompany singing…

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Are you wasting time?

This question might make you squirm, but let’s ask it anyway… Are you wasting time in the gym? Do you regularly push yourself to the limit? Do you feel the…

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The Secret

Control your appetite, control your weight.  It’s that easy. When I was a kid I was always in trouble, most of my free time was spent at home because I…

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Fertilize strawberries

An August application of nitrogen on spring-bearing strawberries is important in order to increase the number of strawberries produced next spring. Plenty of daylight and warm temperatures during June, July…

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Wild Times: Do it quickly! Part Three

“I have good news and bad news,” Ockert said. “The professional hunter who was going to lead your rhino hunt had a little accident last week.” My mind was racing…

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Avoid these 7 foods

Are you eating these wrong foods? I see it happen all the time…fat loss results that are trashed by eating the wrong foods. Please don’t let this be you. You…

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Momentum of success

There have been many changes in USD No. 113 in the past few years. A noticeable change has been the positive impact of non-school district funds on our instructional and…

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Drought continues

First of August, and we’re hauling water in pastures, feeding hay, chopping up would-be corn fields to salvage some feed. It’s not what you’d want to be doing! We get…

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Pear rust

Cedar-apple rust is a well known challenge in most of our apple varieties. Lesser known, however, is one of this year’s more noticeable diseases: cedar-hawthorn rust. Affecting both ornamental and…

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Minister Speaks: Teach the children

Dr. Martin Luther wrote in his “Preface to the Small Catechism,” “…The deplorable, miserable condition which I discovered lately when I, too, was a visitor, has forced and urged me…

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