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  • A few tips for selecting ripe melons

    Do you believe this weather? I love the cool nights. Windows are opened and the AC is turned off. I really appreciate the cost savings, since everything else is going up! Our summer vegetables, however, aren’t so thrilled. It seems to have slowed down the ripening process.

    I can’t count the number of people who have asked me about their tomatoes not ripening. Don’t worry, they will. You may also see some brown freckle- like spots on the tomato skins. It’s OK. It’s the weather and it eats just fine.

  • Back-to-school shopping on a budget

    It is officially back-to-school season. Many retailers have started running back to school shopping ads and with less than two weeks before the first day of school, it’s time to start planning for your back to school needs.

  • Converting from year-round calving to breeding season

    Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. Uniform, heavier and more valuable calves are key reasons to keep the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are products of a short breeding season. However, you shouldn’t convert from yearlong breeding to a shortened breeding season without a lot of planning.

  • Seeing beauty, amidst tragedy

    As a reporter, I’ve encountered people who have witnessed or lost loved ones in a tragic event.

    I’ve often wondered, “What could I possibly say to comfort someone who lost their home in a house fire or lost a child in a car crash?”

    I turn on the news when I get home, more bad news. Sometimes, I just have to turn off the TV; “I’ve met my quota of tragedy for day. I can’t take anymore,” I sometimes think. Just this week it seems like there was plenty to go around.

  • Looking to save money, try homemade laundry detergent

    I wouldn’t call myself crafty in any sense of the word. I’m terrible at gift wrapping. I know that when my husband and I have children we will most likely have to get our presents wrapped or else the kids will discover “gee, Santa wraps presents like mom,” and after watching numerous demonstrations and YouTube videos, I still cannot successfully tie a tie.

  • Water your plants generously; prepare for harvest time

    It’s a good thing man invented hoses. Otherwise, I think our gardens would be filled with dehydrated everything. This is the time of year when Mother Nature decides to take a little siesta from doing the watering for us.

    If I ever win the lottery, I swear I’m going to have everything laser leveled and bermed so I can flood irrigate. It’s so much more efficient in time and effort. Our plants appreciate a good long drink way more than a few sips. Frequent light waterings lead to shallow roots.

  • Two-spotted spider mites can be formidable pests

    The two-spotted spider mite (TSSM) is a common and destructive pest with an extremely wide host range that includes many trees, shrubs, flowers, weeds, fruits, and vegetable crops. Problems increase during hot, dry weather but early signs and symptoms are easy to overlook. Not only are these mites tiny but they live out of sight on the underside of leaves (Figure 1).

  • Berry growers: beware of Drosophila
  • Keeping plants watered, fertilized key in ‘dog days’ of summer

    I don’t scare easy. Sure, if somebody sneaks up behind me I’ll jump, but I’ll probably swing too. I’ve jumped out of airplanes, rappelled down mountains, even been surrounded by 300 Crips and Bloods that were more heavily armed than I, but I didn’t think a ride on the tractor would scare me.

  • The Bible trumps Darwinism: Why the Book of Genesis can’t be abandoned

    In a June 13 article for Associated Baptist Press, a Frankfort minister derided Bible-believing pastors and scholars for teaching that the Genesis account of creation is historic fact, as opposed to a metaphorical story.

    The article, entitled “It’s time for evangelicals to come out for evolution,” asserts that when it comes to the creation versus evolution debate “educated evangelicals know better.”