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Wed
04
Jul
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How to control marestail and pigweed in soybeans

By Tyler Husa

Marestail and pigweed are some of the most dreaded weeds for crop producers across north-central Kansas, especially when they grow in soybean fields. Controlling these weeds before they reach four inches in height is of utmost importance, and if you can get to them before they are two inches tall it is better yet. Pre-emergent herbicides are great, if they are activated by timely rainfalls. They typically last between four to five weeks before the second round of weeds start to grow. However, with glyphosate resistance in both marestail and pigweed, the options for broadleaf weed control in soybeans is greatly reduced.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Impulse purchases

By JOE PHILLIPS

Impulse! It determines what we buy and gets us locked into life-long situations. Behavior without thought, emotion driven actions, road rage: These are some of the results of giving in to impulse.

Teenagers and young adults work with an undeveloped cerebrum leaving them prone to impulse.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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First part of summer is already fading away

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

We say it every year: Summer is going by fast. And every year it’s true. As my grandma always told me growing up, life goes by faster and faster every day. Baseball season is now over, and it’s hard to imagine that I’ve been going to baseball three nights a week since mid-April. What will I do with all my extra time now? Especially after a nearly 10-day straight run of ball games and tournaments.

I’ve found that there are weeks when I’m so busy that when I do get some down time I actually stand around wondering what to do. I’m not used to being bored. Sure, there is always something to clean, but once the worst of it is picked up it’s hard to find the motivation to do the dusting and deep cleaning.

 

Wed
20
Jun
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The great broadcasters

By JOE PHILLIPS

What kind of car was that?

I have long been disappointed in the performance news readers we see and hear today.

The newsmen and women we grew up with were all former newspaper and wire service people who made the transition to radio, then television. Delivering news on radio and television was a second career for most of them.

 

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Wed
20
Jun
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Postal reform bill

By Steve Haynes

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran continues to push for a way to clean up the U.S. Postal Service’s finances and get the lumbering agency back on track.

He’s once again partnered with the Democrats to write a “postal reform” bill which would end a burdensome, and unfair, requirement that the service prepay employee health-care costs.

Similar bills have died in Congress despite the dire nature of the service’s financial predicament. This year, Sen. Moran worked with his longtime ally, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and two other prominent Democrats, Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

 

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Wed
13
Jun
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A clothesline in the back yard

JOE PHILLIPS

Flapping away. Yesterday, while driving to the German food store, I noticed a second house with clothes flapping in the wind from a clothesline.

Not sure that my memory was right I turned around, back-tracked the route and found the count was wrong. There were three houses with visible back yards containing loaded clotheslines.

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Wed
13
Jun
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Photography is not my passion

CYNTHIA SCHEER

I’m flattered that so many folks think I have photography skills.

But if I’m being honest, I really don’t have much for skills, and I’m not just being modest. There are dozens of mothers in this county with significantly more skill, and their cameras are bigger and nicer than mine, too. Ask them to take your photos; they’ll be so much better.

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Wed
06
Jun
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Enjoy the simple pleasures of life

By DEANNA TURNER

 

Spring and summer are exciting times of the year. You plant fl ower seeds and wait for them to come up. You plant tomato plants and watch in anticipation for tomatoes to develop. Another fun aspect is watching birds in your backyard. Fill the bird feeder with sunfl ower seeds and the hummingbird and oriole feeders with sugar water.

Watch for all the birds to arrive. Orioles especially like grape jelly put on a dish outside. These pleasures are one way to manage stress in your life. No matter your age, we all experience stress which can aff ect us physically.

Everyone experiences stress a little diff erently. While you cannot rid yourself of stress, you can learn to manage it.

 

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Wed
06
Jun
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The Royal wedding

By JOE PHILLIPS

The wedding. I watched most of it between putterings. I’m a fool for women in hats and English women still wear hats.

The men wore uniforms, if they had any entitlement or purpose in doing so. A few men wore kilts, and swallow-tail coats.

The majority of women wore hats. Everything about the wedding was scheduled down to the minute. Arrivals were punctual, seating planned. Some observers were critical of one thing or another but it wasn’t their wedding. I think a couple should be free to celebrate their wedding how they wish. These are a people with structured society and established protocol even in the serving of tea.

 

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Wed
30
May
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Beyond the podium at the state track meet

By  DAN THALMANN  On the Backroads

 

Another state track meet is in the books and this county again had a team win the state title - the Hanover girls. If one of our local teams isn’t contending for the championship, a team from the Twin Valley League sure is. Since 2014, a TVL team has won a team championship every year at the state track meet.

 

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