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Anna Schremmer, K-State Research & Extension Family Consumer Science Agent for Phillips-Rooks District #5

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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment October brings cooler weather, shorter days, and the change in our health insurance plans. Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) Open Enrollment begins on October 15 and continues through December 7th.
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Insight From Kansas Farm Bureau

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As the summer begins to wind down, the fall crops filling the fields are slowly transitioning into their displays of color. For my family, the corn and soybeans that exhibited lush greens throughout the summer months have hit their peak in regard to their place on a color wheel and are beginning to dry down in time to gather the grain. While these two crops nearing harvest possess a beauty within the rich warm colors of fall, they are currently being outdone by two of our other crops.

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Smell that bacon sizzling in the frying pan. That gets you out of bed and ready for breakfast faster than anything else, except maybe warm cinnamon rolls. Of course bacon is not just for breakfast, it is often used in many recipes and even put on top of maple covered donuts. But for me you can’t beat just plain ‘ole bacon & pancakes or a BLT, or bacon in baked beans, or bacon in a salad, or…..

Have you ever wondered about bacon and varieties available for you to purchase? How about the cooking shows and the different types of bacon they cook with?  

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Rachael Boyle, Phillips-Rooks District Extension Agent Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Good customer service is essential to any business or organization. It does not matter if it is a restaurant or a tow truck service, having staff members who leave customers or anyone who encounters your business with that “wow, that was great” feeling directly influences the bottom line. Customer service has become more important than ever as more consumers are purchasing goods and services without ever crossing the threshold of a traditional storefront.

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Anna Schremmer, K-State Research & Extension Family Consumer Science Agent for Phillips-Rooks District #5

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This year I vacationed in Weston, Missouri. If you have never been there it is a quiet little town north of Kansas City. What I like most about Weston was the orchards. There are several orchards where you can pick your own fruit. Peaches were in season at the time we were there, but the late spring freeze had reduced the number of peaches so there were none to pick, but they had apples! Many varieties, and they were just starting to be ready to pick. I chose Jonathans. They are my favorite, because they are a cooking apple but also good to eat fresh.

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Insight From Kansas Farm Bureau

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As my family is in the depths of the fall harvest season, the landscape all around us is beginning its annual preparation for winter. The colors surrounding our farm have begun their yearly transition and serve as a visual reminder that we have entered a new season: Fall.

It’s as if overnight the leaves on the trees have yellowed, the morning air has become crisp, the sun sets earlier, the moon rises sooner and the fall crops around us continue drying down.

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Anna Schremmer, K-State Research & Extension Family Consumer Science Agent for Phillips-Rooks District #5

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Every once in a while I like to evaluate my life and think about how I got where I am today. Looking back there are several things that influenced my choices in life: 1. My parents. 2. The farm. 3. My church. 4. 4-H. October is National 4-H Month. Growing up I was more comfortable being around animals than people. I was a wall flower. To a certain extent, I still am today. I am not one that likes being the center of attention. Four-H is what developed me into a teacher, speaker, a leader.

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Insight From Kansas Farm Bureau

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The Benefits of Cooperation Jackie Mundt, Pratt County farmer and rancher If I were putting together a Sunday Drive Edition of a scavenger hunt, it would most certainly include the “CO-OP” emblem. You probably know that one I mean: an outline of a red circle and blue circle overlapping and the letters C-O-O-P stamped in the middle.
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Rachael Boyle, Phillips-Rooks District Extension Agent Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Soldier Beetles Soldier beetles are quite common throughout Kansas and I’ve noticed them lately in my flowers and garden. They are most commonly noticed in late summer as the adults are highly mobile, relatively large, and are very active searching for and feeding on pollen.
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Rachael Boyle, Phillips-Rooks District Extension Agent Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Choosing the best cover crop for a particular cropping system can be difficult. Many factors are involved when selecting the most appropriate cover crop. The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) has released an improved cover crop selection tool to help farmers determine the best types of cover crops for their fields. The MCCC is made up of representatives from 12 Midwest states, the Canadian province of Ontario, and select universities, including Kansas and Kansas State University.