MANHATTAN — Kansas producers planted 5.90 million acres of corn for all purposes, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is up 8 percent from last year.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my kitchen these days. Yes, I know it’s June. No, carols aren’t being sung, and we’re not decorating a tree.

There’s something about humans — we always use past events and people to give context to current experiences. Every political scandal, no matter how large or small, is compared to Watergate.

The Extension Master Gardener program was designed and managed by Kansas State University to further the mission of bringing education to the public through the Extension Service.

MANHATTAN — For the week ending May 19, there were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener Lenora Larson will be presenting a class called “Gardening to New Heights — Vines” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Extension office located at 104 S. Brayman St. in Paola.

Several Miami County farms and rural operations will welcome visitors this weekend during the annual Miami County Spring Farm Tour, and this year’s event will feature three new stops.

If you have not already tested the soil in your garden, pasture or crop fields, it is not too late. Soil testing gives you an understanding of what is in your soil, and possibly what is not in the soil.

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on Thursday, March 14, and Miami County, along with communities across the country, are encouraged to continue to help celebrate the importance of farmers and the food they produce.

Like track runners, farmers and ranchers in Kansas face several hurdles. Whether it’s unpredictable and unfavorable weather, a volatile market that causes commodity prices to fluctuate or correcting misconceptions about agriculture, farmers hurdle many things.

During certain parts of the year I secretly cringe when someone walks into my house. It’s not that I don’t like visitors; it’s more about what my house guests might see when they enter our home.