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The Last Wild Horse Herd

By Vance EhmkeWheat & More…..or Less The Old West was officially closed in 1890.  But it wasn’t until over 50 years later that the last of the wild horses disappeared from Lane County, KS. Longtime resident Eldon Wancura, who now lives in Dighton, explains that he grew up on a farm and ranch that straddled

KSU Research and Extension: Small grain forage options

Small grain forage options for this fall Small grain forages can be a profitable option for producers. They can be planted in the fall and either terminated or grazed out in the early spring, allowing time to plant a summer row crop if soil moisture is adequate. There are five common small grain options for

Maybe They Meant Global Wettening?

Wheat and More….or Less blogby Vance Ehmke Some years back when they first started talking about Global Warming I asked the state climatologist, who was in K-State’s physics department, what he thought.  He said, “We’ll know for sure….in 100 years.” Right now, though, after the wettest October and the wettest May in Kansas history, and the

The Bones of Lane County

By Vance Ehmke My great grandparents homesteaded here in western Kansas back in 1885. I always thought it was a pretty big deal to be a fourth-generation farmer — until the bones of Lane County told me otherwise. Here on our farm we have a state historical site, 14 LA 311, to be exact. It’s