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Lettuce Eat Local: Leap of Joy

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Amanda Miller
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Lettuce Eat Local

 

“Happy 9th birthday!” I’ll say wittily and with such originality. I’m sure my friend, who’s turning 36, will have never had anyone else share the Leap Year birthday math humor with her. It’s the joke that never gets old! (Especially because it can’t, ha ha.)

I know it’s lame, but we can enjoy it only once every 1461 days, so we might as well make the best of it. I have a niece that’s due on February 29th and as unlikely as it is, I’m hoping we get to celebrate her birth on Leap Day just because it’s so unique. 

I’ll probably keep running with the theme while I can, and invite friends over for a ¼-our-age-themed games and snacks evening. It’s not often I break out the graham crackers, cheese sticks, and Dr. Seuss Matching cards for company, but who doesn’t want a chance to relive their elementary years every now and then (every, say, four years?). 

To be fair, I should clarify — I don’t break out those age category activities and foods often for adult guests. I do, however, live in a house occupied by small children, a demographic often supplemented by additional kids. We don’t have extras over every day, but it does happen quite a lot. 

Before sickness intervened, recently I was expecting to have 8 kids ages 3 and under (along with their parents, don’t worry) over for supper. That’s a fairly common number of total kids to have in this house, just not normally all quite that young. This weekend had another high rate of kid focus, not necessarily out of the ordinary: I babysat a three-year-old Friday, had the three cousins over Saturday evening, and thought we were getting a two- and four-year-old sibling set for foster respite for the weekend. 

Needless to say, I started to question the efficacy of mopping the floor Wednesday. Oh well.

Anyway, I don’t need a Leap Day reason to focus on kid-centric food. Even if we didn’t have a selection of extra kids around at any given time, we do have a three-year-old; while poor Benson doesn’t get a lot of “children’s menu” options like chicken nuggets, corn dogs, or grilled cheese sandwiches, I do realize some things are more appealing to a child’s palate.…so he gets to enjoy things like pizza or quesadillas when his friends come over. And he always eats his fair share of classics like ketchup, applesauce, and baby carrots.

And I’ve been in a mac ‘n’ cheese place for a bit. Brian does not consider it hearty enough to be food, Benson is too fickle to make it for, and I only want it for a few bites, so it’s not a big winner in our family. I like to make it for other people, though, or to play around with it, since it’s so versatile and (in general besides our home) universally appreciated. Mac ‘n’ cheese soup for soup night, chili mac for Super Bowl, white cheddar macaroni for playdate lunch. I wanted to try cheesy mac pizza yesterday, but I have to remember who’s actually at the table and not just what I think they should like because it sounds fun. 

But there’s movie night here tomorrow and now I’m just distracted thinking what cheesy goodness I can make with leftover brown rice noodles…we’ll see what happens. This is probably more macaroni and cheese than I’ve made total in the four years since the last Leap Year, but what better way to enjoy our extra day.

Macaroni and Cheese Soup

I just wanted to make something more kid-friendly to serve alongside a pot of chili, and while I’d never actually heard of someone doing this, there seemed zero reason not to. It’s really just extra milky/brothy macaroni and cheese, so not there’s not much to it; but it felt fun and slightly more adult-friendly as well. Don’t forget to play with it — use any good melting cheese (pepperjack! gouda! swiss!) and toss in whatever meat or bonuses you like (bacon! caramelized onions! creole seasoning!). 

Prep tips: the noodles will continue to soften as the soup simmers, so add the milk and cheese while the macaroni is still a bit firm. 

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, minced

2 celery ribs, minced

8 ounces elbow pasta (whole-wheat works well)

3 cups chicken broth

6-8 cups milk

1 pound cheese, shredded (I used smoked cheddar and monterey jack), plus more for serving

1 tablespoon Italian herbs

salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter in a large saucepan, and saute onion and celery until crisp-tender. Dump in pasta and broth, and bring to a simmer; cook until noodles are a bit firmer than al dente. Add in about half the milk, and stir in the cheese and herbs. Cook, stirring often, until cheese is melted, adding in remainder of milk to achieve the desired thickness. Season to taste and serve. 

Kansas House rejects 15-year-olds with farm permits driving to church

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Rural legislators rejected a bill to legalize teenagers with farm permits driving to church because their colleagues wanted the age set at 15 instead of 14 years old.

The bill started as an attempt from Kansas lawmakers to fix an oversight in a law from two years ago, but one legislator warned they were opening “a can of worms” by debating restrictions on teenage drivers.

Multiple rural Republicans who supported setting the age at 14 joined with an explanation of vote by Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, who called the version of the bill at 15 “anti-agriculture.” After that, more than two dozen legislators, mostly rural Republicans, flipped their votes to “no.”

That resulted in a coalition of mostly Democrats and rural Republicans voting down House Bill 2523 on Thursday in a 48-72 vote, even though the chamber gave it initial approval on Wednesday.

Lawmakers were trying to fix an oversight

Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Basehor, said House Bill 2523 “corrects something that we started two years ago.”

“It fixes confusion between farm permits and restricted licenses in regards to allowing our young drivers to drive back and forth to religious events and church events,” he said.

Johnson was referring to the Legislature’s 2022 Senate Bill 446, which allowed 15-year-olds with restricted licenses — but not teens with farm permits — to drive to religious activities. That law was inspired by a Salina pastor and father of six children who told lawmakers that he wished his teenage daughter could drive her siblings to youth group on Wednesday nights.

“We missed the fact that there is also the farm permit,” Johnson said.

That means under current law, teens with restricted licenses can drive to church at age 15 but youths with farm permits have to wait until they turn 16.

As originally proposed, HB 2523 would have allowed children with farm permits to drive to church at age 14. But the House Transportation Committee changed it to 15.

House debated whether to set the age at 14 or 15

Rep. Tory Marie Blew, R-Great Bend, sparked debate with a proposed amendment to change the bill back to 14. It ultimately failed in a 54-67 vote.

“I believe if you can have a farmers permit at 14, then you should be able to drive to a religious organization,” Blew said.

Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, said lawmakers were opening a “can of worms” with the discussion of ages when drivers can take to the roads. Setting the bar in this bill at 15 was intended to be a compromise, he said.

Rep. Jo Ella Hoye, D-Lenexa, called youths hormonally imbalanced and said that while she supports the bill for 15-year-olds, going to 14 is “going too far and, I think, putting young Kansans in danger.”

Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita, opposed both the 2022 bill and the new iteration.

He said that “14-year-olds have no business driving across the state at night without any parental supervision, driving 75 miles an hour on an interstate highway, whether they’re going there for the purpose of school, church, Boy Scouts or anything else. It’s not only dangerous for the child, it’s dangerous for anybody that’s in the car with him or her and it’s dangerous for the people in the car that they may hit head-on in the middle of the night.”

Rep. Leo Delperdang, R-Wichita, likewise worried that farm kids on the outskirts of the state’s largest city could now drive on busy urban roads to reach suburbs on the other side. Rep. Jerry Stogsdill, D-Prairie Village, pointed to rush-hour traffic in the Kansas City metro.

“There are a lot of adults out there that have no business driving on 435, let alone 14-year-olds,” Stogsdill said. “This is insanity for urban areas here, and you’re really putting those kids at risk.”

Blew was dismissive of criticism that the amendment would allow 14-year-olds to drive across cities or counties to attend a church event.

“Last I checked, we don’t legislate parenting,” she said. “So parents are going to be the ones letting their kids do what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Rep. Eric Smith, R-Burlington and a Coffey County undersheriff, told his colleagues that he was thinking of accidents he has worked and kids with farm permits.

“You have to remember that these kids don’t have experience,” he said. “They haven’t been tested, and when they are tested, they often don’t know what to do.”

“We’ve got to keep parameters on this a little bit, I’m begging you,” Smith added.

Rep. Adam Smith, R-Weskan, who introduced the original bill, seemed surprised at the debate.

“Sometimes it’s the simplest bills that you kind of get wrapped around the axle on,” he said.

He said he was trying to simplify and create consistency, as the statutes are complicated on what drivers are permitted to do.

“A lot of these kids do have a lot of experience,” Smith said of driving tractors or farm trucks in the pasture before age 14.

Blew also seemed surprised by the debate.

“Welcome to the wild west,” she said. “We do things differently in western Kansas.”

As reported in the Topeka Capital Journal

Hilmar Cheese Plant To Open This Fall

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The Hilmar Cheese plant in Dodge City is set to begin production by the end of the year, according to Director of Site Development Jeff Brock, a 22-year veteran engineer from the company. Construction began during the fall of 2022.

The $630 million project has the capacity to handle 260 tanker trucks of milk per day and has 450,000 square feet under its roof, Brock said. It’s projected to bring in $560 million to the local economy, fill 250 local jobs, and generate 1,000 peripheral jobs in departments like research and development, quality assurance, human resources, maintenance, production and supply chain.

What began in 1984 as a co-op in Hilmar, CA, now is the largest cheese and whey corporation in the world, with plants that process 14 million pounds of protein every day.

Proposed bill would impact deer hunting in Barton, rest of Kansas

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“If we lose our reputation as a trophy white-tail deer state, the value for every one of those landowners goes down.” That was the message from Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Secretary Brad Loveless to the Kansas House Committee on Agriculture and Nature Resources Budget Monday in Topeka. Loveless expressed concerns about House Bill 2672 which would establish transferable landowner appreciation permits for the hunting of white-tailed deer.

“The potential impact resulting from the widescale issuance of transferrable antler-deer permits on the Kansas white-tail deer herd and associated hunting industry would be catastrophic,” Loveless testified, “based on other states that have experienced sharp declines in the quality of deer herds due to overharvesting.”

As introduced by Rep. Ken Corbet, a Republican from Topeka, the bill would allow one appreciation permit for every 80 acres of land owned, with a 10 permit maximum. The permit would be valid for any white-tailed deer during hunting season when legal weapons are used. Corbet said the permits are a way to give back to farmers.

“Wildlife does do a lot of damage,” he said. “You expect these farmers and landowners, which they do, they raise, feed, and take care of all the game in the state for free, except for maybe this appreciation tag, for you all to enjoy, both consumptive and non-consumptive.”

Corbet said KWDP owns all game in Kansas but 97 percent of the land is privately owned so there is not always access to the game. He said passage of the bill could open up millions of acres of land that has never been hunted. Loveless said the people of Kansas own the animals and without KDWP regulations, healthy populations would be difficult to sustain.

Taylor Nikkel, director of the Stockgrowers Division for the Kansas Livestock Association agreed that a maximum of 10 permits for each landowner is too many.

“We would recommend the committee work with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to establish a minimum and maximum permit threshold that allows landowners to recuperate lost farm income attributable to deer damage while maintaining an adequate deer population across the management units,” Nikkel said.

Concerns were raised about whether the wording of the bill meant 80 continuous acres or if landowners could combine properties to reach the total, and where hunters could hunt on that land.

“If each permit holder is only allowed to hunt on the specific 80 acres that is tied to their permit, then complications could arise for not only that permit holder but the landowner,” Nikkel said. “We believe the permit should allow the recipient to hunt on all the landowner’s property, not just the 80 acres associated with the permit.”

The bill proposes that landowner appreciation permits may be transferred but not sold to any resident or non-resident with a valid hunting license with a written request and approval.

In a letter to Corbet ahead of Monday’s meeting, Director of the Budget Adam Proffitt said KDWP estimates lost revenue exceeding $700,000 in lost permit sales. KDWP conservatively estimated that 10,680 appreciation permits could be transferred. If 70 percent of that figure went to non-residents, KDWP would lose $3.36 million each in the Wildlife Fee Fund. KDWP also receives federal funding based on the number of licenses sold each year. Based on the 10,680 figure, that would amount in the loss of $940,801 beginning in fiscal year 2026.

The committee recommended passage of the bill with amendments making the 80 acres contiguous and capping the number of appreciation permits at two instead of 10. The cost of each appreciation permit was amended from zero dollars to $25.

As reported in the Great Bend Post

Don’t trash the ashes

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Recycle today for a better garden tomorrow

The phrase “waste not, want not” goes back to a time when the essentials of life were difficult to obtain, but it continues to be good advice today, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.

It applies even to ashes produced this time of the year by wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. “When collected and spread on the garden, wood ashes are an excellent and free source of calcium and other plant nutrients,” Trinklein said.

Ashes are the organic and inorganic remains of the combustion of wood. Their composition varies due mainly to the species of wood. As a rule, hardwood species produce three times more ashes and five times more nutrients than softwood species, he said.

Since carbon, nitrogen and sulfur are the elements primarily oxidized in the combustion process, wood ashes contain most of the other essential elements required for the growth of the tree used as fuel. By weight, wood ashes contain 1.5%-2% phosphorus and 5%-7% potassium. If listed as a fertilizer, most wood ashes would have the analysis of 0-1-3 (N-P-K). Calcium content ranges from 25% to 50%.

Because of the high calcium content, it’s probably best to think of wood ashes as a liming material to adjust soil pH rather than a regular fertilizer to supply an array of nutrients, said Trinklein.  The ideal pH range for most garden plants is about 6.0 to 6.5. When soil pH falls below this range, certain essential mineral elements become less available to the plant. Since garden soils tend to become more acidic as plants take up nutrients, periodic adjustment to decrease soil acidity (increase pH) is necessary.

Most wood ashes have an acid neutralizing equivalent of about 45%-50% of calcium carbonate (limestone). In other words, it takes about twice the weight of wood ashes compared with limestone to cause the same change in soil acidity. For example, if soil tests indicate you need 5 pounds of limestone per 100 square feet of garden area to raise the soil pH to an acceptable level, you would need 10 pounds of wood ashes to make the same change, Trinklein said.

Apply small amounts of wood ashes to the garden on a yearly basis to supply other nutrients such as phosphorus and potassium. Trinklein recommends a soil test every two to three years where light applications are made on a regular basis. Excessive application of wood ashes can lead to a buildup of pH above the optimum range. This can result in other nutritional problems because of reduced nutrient availability at high pH values.

Wood ashes not applied to the garden immediately should be stored under dry conditions. Ashes piled outdoors lose most of their potassium in a year’s time due to leaching from rains. Additionally, weathered wood ashes’ ability to act as a liming agent also is greatly reduced.

Because of the fine nature of wood ashes, they cannot modify soil structure and, therefore, are not considered a soil conditioning agent. The carbon compounds that act as a soil conditioner when sawdust, leaf mold or compost are applied to garden soil, for the most part, have been consumed by the fire.

Wood ashes are highly alkaline. As a safety precaution, wear protective glasses, gloves and a dust mask when spreading on the garden. Ashes from burning cardboard, trash, coal or treated wood of any type may contain potentially harmful materials and should not be used on the garden.

It’s February: Are you thinking about tomatoes…yet?

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K-State horticulture expert gets you ready for planting this year’s crop

It’s still nearly three months before Kansas gardeners begin to put tomato plants into the ground. Kansas State University horticulture expert Cynthia Domenghini says that’s an opportunity for gardeners to set themselves up for a bountiful season.

“Most of the varieties available to home gardeners are indeterminate,” Domenghini said.

Indeterminate plants are traditional tomatoes that never stop growing. They are capable of producing fruit throughout the season unless disease stops production or frost kills the plant.

Domenghini said gardeners will benefit from choosing tomato varieties with strong disease resistance characteristics.

“Gardeners with limited space will likely prefer indeterminate or determinate types to stretch out the harvest season,” Domenghini said. “If there is space, you may want to grow a combination of all three, with the determinates used to produce a large harvest for canning or tomato juice, and the remainder for fresh eating.”

In Kansas, tomatoes are generally planted in early- to mid-May, or when daytime temperatures are above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the state has passed the frost-free date. In some areas, such as the northwest part of the state, conditions might not be right for planting tomatoes until the middle of May or a bit later, according to Domenghini.

Even though indeterminate varieties produce fruit throughout the season, “our hot Kansas summers often cause a dry spell in production,” Domenghini said.

Tomatoes are less likely to set fruit when night temperatures remain above 75 F and day temperatures are above 95 F. Hot, dry winds make the situation worse, Domenghini said.

Tomato trials

Each year, Kansas Master Gardeners plant and rate a number of tomato varieties. Domenghini noted that a subsequent trial is conducted by a colleague with the University of Missouri extension service.

Results of trials conducted by Kansas’ Master Gardeners vary by county. Interested persons are encouraged to contact their local extension office for more information on varieties that perform well in their area.

Domenghini said the University of Missouri trials also give valuable information on varieties that perform well in this region. The data from Missouri’s extension service showed that the top 10 varieties (based on pounds of fruit harvested per plant) are:

  • Amish Paste.
  • Beefmaster.
  • Beefsteak.
  • Big Beef.
  • Celebrity.
  • Chef’s Choice.
  • Early Girl.
  • Florida 91.
  • Jet Star.
  • Summer Pick.

Domenghini and her colleagues in K-State’s Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources produce a weekly Horticulture Newsletter with tips for maintaining home landscapes and gardens. The newsletter is available to view online or can be delivered by email each week.

Interested persons can also send their garden and yard-related questions to Domenghini at [email protected], or contact your local K-State Research and Extension office.

Cutting back branches leaves trees with healthier outlook

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To stay healthy, sometimes trees need a little help in the form of a trim. Pruning is an essential maintenance activity to promote tree health, safety, and aesthetics. Since trees are large, long-living plants in our landscape, pruning throughout the life of a tree can have a significant impact on how it functions in the landscape and how long it survives. Pruning while a tree is young can have exponentially beneficial results for long-term tree health, maintenance requirements, and beauty.

Because no two trees are the same, pruning is both an art and a science. Research has helped advance our understanding of tree physiology and response to pruning activities, improving techniques and outcomes. Deciding which pruning cuts to make depends on many unique factors, such as plant species, age, reasons for pruning, and desired outcome.

Before making a pruning cut, it is important to assess the entire tree and surrounding site conditions that influence the tree. It is also critical to determine your objectives for pruning. Every pruning cut, large or small, should have an explicit purpose and advance the tree toward the identified goals.

There are many reasons for pruning a tree, including safety, health, and appearance.

Prune for safety

Pruning for safety involves pruning branches that interfere with human activities or pose a threat. You can improve safety by removing limbs that block traffic sight lines or branches over sidewalks and trails that impede pedestrian traffic. Additionally, broken limbs in the canopy pose a fall risk and should be removed.

Prune for tree health

Pruning for health includes the removal of branches that cross or rub with others to minimize self-wounding. Pruning trees for structural integrity is an effective way to increase safety and promote tree health. One of the most common structural concerns is co-dominant leaders. Trees with two or more dominant leaders develop structurally weak branch angles that threaten to split under the weight of the canopy. Corrective pruning should be done to encourage a single leader. Pruning dead or diseased limbs removes disease pathogens from the tree and should always be an objective of a pruning regime.

Prune for appearance

Pruning for aesthetics turns the focus toward human preferences. The desired appearance is a subjective analysis, however, pruning decisions made for looks should still adhere to proper pruning techniques and prioritize the health and safety of the tree.

When should trees be pruned?

In the Midwest, the late dormant season is the optimal time to prune deciduous trees. While dormant, deciduous trees have shed their leaves, making it easier to assess the overall form of the tree and make pruning choices related to structural integrity easier. By pruning just before spring, trees can better allocate energy resources toward producing leaves that will remain on the tree throughout the growing season. They also dedicate energy to sealing the wounds created by pruning. Pruning branches full of leaves diminishes the tree’s capacity to photosynthesize and replenish carbohydrate reserves. Finally, pruning in later winter means that opportunistic insects and disease pathogens are also dormant, reducing the risk of infection.

How to make a pruning cut

Once you decide a pruning cut is necessary, proper technique is required.

Preserving the branch bark collar is essential to wound sealing. The branch bark collar is a swollen or raised strip of bark at the intersection of the branch and the trunk of a tree. Pruning practices of the past that include flush cuts removed the branch bark collar and are no longer recommended.

Make pruning cuts just outside the branch bark collar and have a smooth finish. If larger branches are being removed, a three-point pruning cut is recommended to avoid ripping the bark as the limb falls during the pruning activity under the weight of the branch.

Pruning is an ongoing maintenance activity, and trees should be assessed annually for pruning needs. Being consistent with assessment and action can help minimize the workload for pruning and minimize stress response in trees. If mature trees need pruning, it is best to consult with a professional arborist. Safety should always be the top priority. Pruning activities that require lift equipment or power tools should be performed by a professional arborist.

 

Using leftover vegetable seeds

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For many gardeners, midwinter is a time for pacing the floor and waiting for the weather to break. There’s been plenty of time for indoor projects, but they’ve either been completed or their appeal has faded. Well, here’s an indoor gardening project that needs your attention; sorting through and discarding out-of-date garden seeds.

If you’re like many gardeners, it’s a bit difficult to discard leftover seeds that may still be useable. How long you can keep leftover vegetable seeds depends on several factors, including the kind of vegetable seeds you have and how you’ve stored them over the past year or two. Maintaining ideal seed storage conditions in your home is impractical; but, if you’ve kept the seeds fairly cool and dry, they may still be good enough to plant.

As a rule, most vegetable seeds will remain useable for at least two or three years. There are exceptions; onion, parsley, parsnip, and lettuce seeds loose viability quickly and should be replaced every year. If you’ve been keeping sweet corn, okra and pepper seeds they’ll still be good after two or three years. Squash, watermelon, cucumber, muskmelon and tomato seeds will last up to four years.

No matter how well seeds are stored there’ll always be some uncertainty about their ability to produce a good stand of healthy seedlings. For that reason, it’s a good idea to do a seed test. Select ten seeds at random from the seed packet (do this for each seed lot). Fold the ten seeds inside a moistened paper towel and seal them in a plastic bag. Keep the seeds in a warm room and check them one week later for germination. If four or more of the seeds out of the ten have germinated and are showing signs of good growth the packet of seeds is still good enough to use; otherwise, discard the seeds and buy new seeds for your garden.

Kansas State Reasearh & Extension

A Gathering for Gardeners

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A day filled with free gardening information for homeowners and gardeners has been
scheduled for Saturday, March 9th . The Hutchinson Horticulture Club organizes and sponsors this event as their educational project for the community. It will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 407 East 12th just west of the Cosmosphere. After missing two years because of Covid, the Club held one last year. If not for those Covid years, this would be the 35 th year for this annual event.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with the morning session beginning at 9:00 a.m. The first topic
is Herbs – Growing, Using and Abusing by Kay Neff of Neff Family Farm located outside
Sedgwick, Ks. She has been growing herbs for 35 years. Her program will include growing tips for several common herbs and she’ll give suggestions and some recipes for using them.

Next at 10:00 a.m., the topic Fall Gardening – Extend your Gardening Season will be presented by James Taylor, Retired Instructor of Hutchinson Community College. His program will highlight vegetables and some flowers that do really well in cooler fall weather. He’ll provide a planting schedule and planting tips so gardeners can enjoy fresh produce after others have quit for the year.

The last presentation for the morning will begin at 11:00 a.m. Jarrod Bornholdt, of
Bornholdt Plantland, has arranged for Eric George, a Monrovia Sales Representative from
Paola, to present New & Newer Perennials, Shrub Roses & Other Shrubs. He will have suggestions for sunny and shady spots in your yard that might make your friends jealous.

The afternoon programs will resume at 1:00 p.m. with Krista Dahlinger from Mulvane,
an officer of the Kansas Native Plant Society, addressing the topic of Less Lawn – More Habitat. She will present ideas on how low growing native plants can reduce watering and create a pollinator paradise in your yard. She will share lots of “how-to” resources.

At 2:00 p.m., Rob Mortko, of Made in the Shade Gardens in Olathe, will speak about Hostas: Everything You Want to Know About America’s Most Popular Perennial. He is a nationally recognized Hosta expert and is known as “The Hosta Guy.” He has been a Hosta aficionado for over 35 years.

The last presentation of the day begins at 3:00 p.m. The topic of Success in Making Colorful Containers will be covered by Jason French, Retail Manager and Plant Specialist at Stutzmans Greenhouse. He will talk about containers, soil, fertilizer and have a handout listing recommended combinations of plants to use in containers in sun and shade locations.

There will be no charge to attend any of the “Gathering for Gardeners” programs
although registration at the door is requested. Door prize drawings will be held though out the day. This schedule is designed so individuals may attend any or all of the topics.
http://www.Facebook.com/HutchinsonHorticultureClub

Ag drone company started locally

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Kansas Drone Services, a new and innovative company, is revolutionizing the spraying industry by utilizing cutting-edge drone technology to offer precise and efficient services for agricultural and industrial applications. Pioneering a new approach to aerial spraying, Justin Mills, owner and the driving force behind Kansas Drone Services, is committed to exceeding client expectations and promoting sustainable practices.

Drone technology, available for three years now, is gaining traction in the agriculture industry due to its demonstrably positive impact on operations. Notably, an independent study by Beck’s Hybrids revealed a considerable ROI gain for corn and soybeans using drones to apply herbicides and insecticides.

“We are thrilled to launch Kansas Drone Services and introduce our state-of-the-art technology to the region,” says Mills. “Our drones are more than just flying machines; they are equipped with advanced features that allow for targeted applications, reduced waste, and minimal environmental impact.”

Precision at its Peak:

  1. High-resolution sensors and mapping software: Ensures accurate application rates and eliminates overspray, reducing cost and environmental impact.
  2. Variable rate technology: Adjusts application rates based on real-time data,optimizing resource usage and crop health.
  3. Reduced drift: Minimizes exposure to surrounding areas and promotes safety for workers and communities.
  4. Increased efficiency: Covers large areas quickly and consistently, saving time and labor costs.

Services for Diverse Needs:

Kansas Drone Services offers a comprehensive suite of services, including:

  1. Pasture Management: Aerial Spraying is one of our Drone Services offerings that allows farmers to quickly and efficiently spray large areas with pesticides and fertilizers.
  2. Insect and Weed Control: Our advanced drone technology allows us to precisely target areas affected by pests and weeds, ensuring effective and efficient elimination with minimal environmental impact.
  3. Crop Health: Our drone crop health service offers a quick and efficient way to map your field and evaluate the overall health of your crop so you can make an educated decision on how to get the best yield from your harvest. 

    Ready for Spring:

    With spring approaching, Kansas Drone Services is now booking appointments for its innovative spraying services. Farmers and land managers can leverage this technology to enhance crop yields, protect their land, and operate more sustainably.

    Contact: Justin Mills 316-304-8249 www.kansasdroneservices.com