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Ever thought about judging a project at the County Fair or wondered what it took to become a judge? From 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 27, at the Oskaloosa Public Schools USD 341, Oskaloosa, Northeast Kansas Extension Agents are hosting judges training to recruit judges for future fairs.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — The weather in Kansas may be unseasonably warm for the next several days, but we’re entering the time of year when a winter storm can blow in suddenly.

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Whether you’re a novice at cooking, or are the experienced short-order cook at your house, chances are that you don’t prepare a 14-pound holiday turkey and all the trimmings every day. Kansas State University’s Karen Blakeslee says there are ways to avoid last-minute stress and keep food saf…

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The thrill of the hunt can continue at the dinner table if the game isn’t handled properly along the way. Game meats are excellent sources of protein and similar in composition to domestic animal meats. Calorie and fat contents vary with the age and species of the animal.

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Black walnuts are ready to be harvested when the hull can be dented with your thumb. You can also wait until the nuts start falling from the tree. Either way it is important to hull walnuts soon after harvest. If not removed, the hull will leach a stain through the nut and into the meat. The…

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Though light pruning and removal of dead wood are fine this time of year, more severe pruning should be left until spring. Consider pruning to be “light” if 10 percent of less of the plant is removed. Dead wood does not count in this calculation. Keep in mind that even light pruning of sprin…

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Brown County 4-H Shooting Sports would like to thank the following organizations for their support of our shooting sports program:

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Fall is the season when most horse owners should think of how they can improve their horse pastures for the coming year. Some pastures might have been managed well and others not, depending on their management efforts. Horse pasture improvement and renovation requires some time and patience.…

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Fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions equal…what else? Salsa, of course!

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September is the best month to reseed cool-season lawns such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass. However, you can get by with an early to mid-October planting for tall fescue. Oct. 15 is generally considered the last day for safely planting or overseeding a tall fescue lawn in the fall. I…

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Brown County youth will have 4-H projects on display at the Kansas State Fair in the 4-H building and the livestock barns. If you are considering attending the fair or want to learn more about the Kansas State Fair the following is a press release from the fair about everything it has to off…

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September is here and that means it is prime time to fertilize your tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass lawns. If you could only fertilize your cool-season grasses once per year, this would be the best time to do it.

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Atchison, Brown, Doniphan and Meadowlark Extension District is hosting a “Beef Quality Assurance training to producers in Northeast Kansas on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Highland Community College Klinefelter Barn, 1774 230th St. Hiawatha, KS 66434.

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Pears should not be allowed to ripen on the tree. They should be picked while still firm and ripened after harvest. Tree-ripened fruits are often of poor quality because of the development of grit cells and the browning and softening of the inner flesh. Commercial growers determine the best …

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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 and August promotes the growth of new runner, or daughter, plants. As daylight hours …

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

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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 development is 85 to 90F. When temperatures exceed 100 degrees, the plant goes into survival mode and con…

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The Brown County Free Fair is a time honored tradition which our 4-H families contribute to immensely. Youth work all year on a variety of 4-H projects to be exhibited and judged at the fair. From bucket calves to photography, there is something for everyone at the fair.

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Next year’s strawberry crop will be affected by what you do to this year’s strawberry bed. The sooner after harvest the patch is cleaned up, fertilized and irrigated, if possible, the better the chance of getting a good crop next year. One of the main goals in renovation is to provide a high…

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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 feeding on both broadleaf and evergreen trees and shrubs. Therefore, now is the time to initiate …

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This time of year, two common leaf-spot diseases appear on tomato plants. Septoria leaf spot and early blight are both characterized by brown spots on the leaves.

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Sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) will soon be in a rapid vegetative growth stage. Sericea lespedeza continues to be a major concern on rangeland, pasture, and some CRP acres in Kansas.

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Though some warm-season grasses such as bermuda and zoysia can be cut quite low (1.5 – 2 inches), buffalograss and the cool-season grasses should be cut higher. Bermuda and zoysia can be cut low because they creep rather than grow more upright. Actually, bermuda and zoysia can be cut lower t…

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Hopefully by the time you are reading this column we have received some much needed rain and our pasture grass is growing. But if that’s not the case this article, which comes from a K-State publication Beef Cow-Calf Management Options When Pasture is Limited, is worth looking through www.bo…

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Fresh pickles, ripe tomatoes and other garden goodies may still be months away, but if you plan on canning those foods, now’s a good time to check on your supplies.

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Spring-bearing strawberry plants that were set out this spring should have blossoms pinched off. New plants have a limited amount of energy. If blossoms remain on the plants, energy that should go to runner development is used to mature fruit instead. Plants that are allowed to fruit will ev…

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Crabgrass preventers are another name for preemergence herbicides that prevent crabgrass seeds from developing into mature plants. Many people have a somewhat foggy idea of how they work. They do not keep the seed from germinating but kill the young germinating plant. Crabgrass preventers ar…

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New strawberry plantings should be set early in the growing season so that mother plants become established while the weather is still cool. The mother plants develop a strong root system during this cool period when soil temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F. The most appropriate pla…

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It’s almost time for the Brown County Free Fairs annual fundraiser spotlight auction. This is the biggest 4-H fundraiser of the year in which area businesses and individuals donate merchandise and services to be auctioned off over KNZA radio on March 12th & 13th. The flier with this year…

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The new 2018 Farm Bill is coming together and experts are beginning to see the form it will take. Starting in February and extending into early March, economists from the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics are partnering with the University of Nebraska extension to …

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Cattlemen need to be vigilant to the condition in which our cows go into calving. If cows are thin at calving time, there will be reductions in quality and quantity of colostrum, calf vigor, and subsequent fertility during next summer’s breeding season.

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The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now — florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, you might wonder how to choose plants with confidence and care for them so they won’t droop before Santa drops down the chimney.

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Ever thought about judging a project at the County Fair or wondered what it took to become a judge? Well on December 28th from 5:30 -8pm at the Community Building in Horton KS K-State Extension is hosting a fair judges training.

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It is sadly ironic that people who engage in social networking to make connections may actually feel more isolated. According to a study involving 1,787 U.S. adults between the ages of 19 and 32, those who used social media for more than two hours a day were twice as likely to feel socially …

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Tomatoes often have problems with cracking caused by pressure inside the fruit that is more than the skin can handle. Cracks are usually on the upper part of the fruit and can be concentric (in concentric circles around the stem) or radial (radiating from the stem). We don’t know everything …

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We should have good fruit crops this year as long as we can avoid severe weather. Keep in mind some tips to help ensure healthy trees, vines and fruit.

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Though some warm-season grasses such as bermuda and zoysia can be cut quite low (1½ to 2 inches), buffalograss and the cool-season grasses should be cut higher. Bermuda and zoysia can be cut low because they creep rather than grow more upright. Actually, bermuda and zoysia can be cut lower t…

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Spring-bearing strawberry plants that were set out this spring should have blossoms pinched off. New plants have a limited amount of energy. If blossoms remain on the plants, energy that should go to runner development is used to mature fruit instead. Plants that are allowed to fruit will ev…

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Though moles spend most of their time underground, the damage they cause above ground is all too visible. Meandering paths of upheaved soil are evidence of the small mammals foraging for food. Some tunnels may be abandoned soon after being built while others are travel lanes and used for a l…

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Crabgrass preventers are another name for preemergence herbicides that prevent crabgrass seeds from developing into mature plants. Many people have a somewhat foggy idea of how they work. They do not keep the seed from germinating but kill the young germinating plant. Crabgrass preventers ar…

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Got dead pine trees? If you are in the eastern half of Kansas, they probably died of pine wilt, a disease that is widespread in that part of the state. If you are in central or western Kansas, pine wilt is less common but it can still occur in pockets.

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New strawberry plantings should be set early in the growing season so that mother plants become established while the weather is still cool. The mother plants develop a strong root system during this cool period when soil temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F. The most appropriate pla…

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Raspberries and blackberries are perennial plants with biennial canes. In other words, a single plant will last many years but an individual cane will only live for two. In a cane’s first year, it will grow but will not produce fruit. The second year, it will fruit and then die. Though these…

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It’s almost time for the Brown County Free Fairs annual fundraiser called the Spotlight Auction. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year in which area businesses and individuals donate merchandise and services to be auctioned off over KNZA radio on March 13-14. The flier with this year’s …

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Walk Kansas, a program that’s open to anyone who’s interested in working toward or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, this year runs from March 19 to May 13. It is for all fitness levels.

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K-State Research and Extension is hosting our annual Northeast Kansas Sheep and Goat Meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 at Highland Community College Klinefelter Barn ( 1774 230th St Hiawatha, Ks 66434).

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If you have ever seen emerging peach leaves that are puckered, swollen, distorted and reddish-green color, you have seen peach leaf curl. Uncontrolled, this disease can severely weaken trees because of untimely leaf drop when leaves unfurl in the spring. Fortunately, peach leaf curl is not t…