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.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — For the week ending March 3, topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 54 adequate, and 44 surplus, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

My friend and writing mentor John Schlageck decided to retire. I doubt if retire is quite the right word. If I know John, he will be the farthest thing from retired — he just won’t be coming into Kansas Farm Bureau each morning.