MANHATTAN — For the week ending Aug. 25, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

There are very few constants in life, but the one thing that remained constant for me growing up and into adulthood was the morning show on WIBW with ag programing brought to our house by Kelly Lenz.

If you turn on the news, you will find one story after another about murder, drugs, theft and other crimes. These incidents are not only happening in big cities; rural areas and small towns are dealing with an increasing amount of crime.

It’s that time of the year again when summertime store displays change and parents begin filling shopping carts with glue bottles, wide-ruled paper, crayon boxes, flashy backpacks, trendy lunch boxes and a variety of specific items on school supply shopping lists.

MANHATTAN — For the week ending July 7, there were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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.