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Chase after God

The Old Testament book of Deuteronomy (The Two Laws) gives the historical account of the nation of Israel being taught God’s commandments on two different occasions in which it is…

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Bagworms, is it too late to spray?

By mid-August, most bagworms have finished feeding and retreated into their bags. Insecticides will not penetrate the thick, leathery, silk-lined pouches. To determine whether larvae have finished feeding, examine the…

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Healing with trees

If I gave you a pill that could prevent cancer, didn’t have negative side effects, and was free, would you take it? What if all you had to do was…

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The dreams we dream

We all have a dream. It’s why entrepreneurs fail. It’s why marriages end in divorce. It’s why retirees go back to work. We all have a dream. And the dream…

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Watching the grass grow

As hay harvest winds down and we change focus, grass regrowth might be a low priority. That could be a mistake for forage managers. Now might be a good time…

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Goats at Sericea Lespedeza

Sericea Lespedeza is a noxious weed in Kansas. Besides being obnoxious and stubborn and the most dreaded weed, it is very costly to try and control. Sericea Lespedeza was first…

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What’s in your basket?

This past Sunday’s lectionary text was from the book of Amos. Amos was given a vision from God. It was a basket of summer fruit. The Hebrew word for summer…

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Tomatoes, Japanese beetles

The extremely hot weather we have had recently not only interferes with flower pollination but also can affect how quickly fruit matures. The best temperature for tomato growth and fruit…

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Nature’s engineers

One of our best engineers can work through the night, requires no machinery, and doesn’t even expect a paycheck. He’s also many a farmer’s nightmare, but many a rancher’s blessing….

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Green June Beetle

It’s been a good summer for insect pressure. Even as Japanese beetles and bagworms continue to cause issues, another pest should be on your radar as well: Green June Beetle….

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Geo textile fabric saves rock

It’s dry and it’s dusty, hard to believe six months ago, we were wading knee deep to do chores. How quickly we would forget, save for the ruts that the…

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Change of plans

On a recent road trip across Kansas with friends, we stopped to eat breakfast at a café in a small town. The waiter was friendly, and we struck up a…

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Too hot for your health

Too much heat is not safe for anyone. It is even riskier if you are older or have health problems. It is important to get relief from the heat quickly….

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Superintendent’s Notes: Dear new teacher to USD 113

You are among 10 new-to-the-district teachers and three teachers brand new to the teaching profession! I am extremely excited about your career choice and employment with our district. Teaching is…

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God is bigger than our failures

Greetings from High School church camp at Camp Galilee on beautiful Bull Shoals Lake! Our theme this week is “God is Greater” based on 1 John 4:4. It has been…

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