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

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Kansas Farmers’ Market Month There is nothing better than going to a Farmer’s Market and seeing all of the fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce. This is a great time of year to stock up, fill the freezer or preserve the “bounty” of the harvest.
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It’s hot and dry out, so must be fair time. Baking for the fair was always a challenge. Each time I would bake my favorite food, and it always seemed to fail. Every other time it was perfect, why not for the fair? Not all recipes are appropriate for the fair!!

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

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been notified that several Kansas residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. A resident of Stockton brought an unsolicited package containing seeds to my office recently.
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A Tourist in Kansas Greg Doering Kansas Farm Bureau Our family’s summer vacation plans changed three times over the course of the past few months. Initially my wife and I planned on taking our college senior daughter on a grand excursion to Glacier National Park, then hopping the northern border to sightsee in Calgary, Banff and Jasper.
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Rachael Boyle, Phillips-Rooks District Extension Agent Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Hot weather not only interferes with flower pollination but also can affect how quickly fruit matures. The best temperature for tomato growth and fruit development is 85 to 90F. When temperatures exceed 100 degrees, the plant goes into survival mode and concentrates on moving water. Fruit development slows to a crawl. When temperatures moderate, even to the low to mid 90s, the fruit will ripen more quickly. Tomato color can also be affected by heat. When temperatures rise above 95 degrees F, red pigments don’t form properly though the orange and yellow pigments do. This results in orange fruit. This doesn’t affect the edibility of the tomato, but often gardeners want that deep red color back.
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Judging by my mailbox, TV and social media, we are in the silly season of politics. Yes, the August primary is drawing near and the last, final and, in some cases, desperate push for your vote is happening. This year is a critical year for those of us in agriculture to make sure ag-friendly candidates are elected. I would also make the case that for those of you not involved in agriculture it is in your best interest as a consumer of food to elect ag-friendly candidates.
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As a kid growing up, I was scared of fireworks. The firecrackers were too loud, the big booms made my ears hurt, I was afraid I would get burnt, but despite all of that, I loved watching the fireworks show put on at the Rooks County Fair Grounds after the car races. We would sit in our pasture on our pickup’s tailgate, at the top of the “big hill” overlooking Stockton and watch the fireworks display. Best seats in the house.