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VIDEO: String+Board= Good Planting Tool

Kansas State University Extension and ResearchMarch 8, 2021

A pair of simple tools will help to ensure success when planting a vegetable garden, according to Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham. He noted that a string line is commonly used to plant straight rows, while a planting board helps to make spacing vegetables within a row easier. “Most gardeners make their own string line,” Upham said. “A very simple one can be made ...

VIDEO: Buffalo Grass; Controlling Weeds

Kansas State University Extension and ResearchMarch 7, 2021

While cool-season grasses are more common in Kansas, many parts of the state are more ideal for warm-season grasses, or those more tolerant of high temperatures and drought conditions. Zoysiagrass, bermudagrass and buffalograss are the most common warm-season grasses in Kansas. Of these, buffalograss is thought to require less maintenance because it can survive with less water and fertilizer th...

Livestock Judging Program Revived at DC3

Lance Ziesch / Dodge City Community CollegeMarch 4, 2021

After a 15-year hiatus, the livestock judging program is back at Dodge City Community College (DC3). Brianna Stefan, who became the new DC3 livestock judging coach in January, said she thinks the return of the program is an “absolute asset” to both the college and the community, and it offers an opportunity to “regenerate the focus of proper livestock evaluation.” “The livestock in...

Study: Consumers Favor Ground Beef Over Plant-Based Alternatives

K-State Research and Extension March 3, 2021

Consumers overwhelmingly chose ground beef over plant-based beef alternatives in a multifaceted study now being reported by Kansas State University researchers. Ground beef – offered with 10%, 20% and 30% fat -- was strongly preferred for taste and flavor over plant-based alternatives, and less than one-third of the respondents said they would buy the plant-based alternatives in the store or ...

Ground Water Levels Fall in Central and Western Kan.

Kansas Geological SurveyMarch 2, 2021

After three years of small increases, average groundwater levels in central and western Kansas dropped during 2020 as most of the area experienced abnormally dry conditions for much of the year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey. "It was hot and dry last summer, and water levels pretty much dropped everywhere," said Brownie Wilson, KGS water-data manager. "L...

Cattle Chat: Keeping Calves Healthy

K-State Research and ExtensionMarch 2, 2021

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” coined by Benjamin Franklin rings true for many of life’s situations. And for cattle ranchers hoping to prevent calf scours from developing in the herd, prevention is key, according to the veterinarians at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute. Veterinarians Bob Larson and Brad White offered several tips for keep...

FHSU’S Collegiate Farm Bureau Developing Future AG Leaders

Diane Gasper-O’Brien / Fort Hays State University March 1, 2021

The mission of Collegiate Farm Bureau is to support students engaged in agriculture, enhance members’ education, and develop future leaders for the Kansas Farm Bureau organization and agriculture industry. Members of Fort Hays State University’s chapter of Collegiate Farm Bureau are accomplishing that mission and more. All in one weekend in early February, they visited the State Capitol,...

Tired of winter? Get Out Into the Garden

Pat Melgares / K State Research and Extension March 1, 2021

Like many eager gardeners, Ward Upham is about tired of winter. There’s just a certain itch to get out and work on flower and vegetable beds. Fortunately, Upham said, some early work can be done right now. “Try planting peas as soon as the soil dries and the soil temperature reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Upham, a horticulture expert with K-State Research and Extension. “There ...

Personalize Your Plate: March is National Nutrition Month

Pat Melgares / K State Research and Extension March 1, 2021

Eating right and being healthy means something different to each person. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to what we eat,” said Kansas State University food scientist Karen Blakeslee. “Every person has their own personal nutrition needs because of health goals, family backgrounds, bodies and taste.” Blakeslee is encouraging consumers to be creative in choosing healthful foods du...

Cattle Care in the Cold

KSAL StaffMarch 1, 2021

MANHATTAN, Kan. — After working outside on a cold winter’s day, cattle producers know there is nothing quite like coming inside to a warm house and filling their stomachs with those favorite comfort foods. And though cattle are naturally equipped to manage cold temperatures, like humans they need some extra care to make those frigid winter days a little easier, according to the experts at t...

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