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COVID-19 Information

During this COVID-19 time; we will be trying to give you ideas for your family and children to help with the stress level and creative learning ways to keep those young minds engaged.

Please continue to check out our Facebook page at:  #KWKSRE for these ideas.

We will also be working on putting these items on our website: www.kiowa.ksu.edu on a special COVID-19 section. This will be a page with continuous updates, so you will want to come back frequently.

We are hoping this is one way to help our community in this time of uncertainty. As always, you can call our office, email one of us. We are here to help. Stay safe everyone!

 

3/20/2020

Today's idea is for ages K-5th grade:

Check out: Mystery Science at: https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

They have Mini-Lessons (15-30 minutes, all digital) and Full Lessons (45-90 minutes, w/ hands-on activity) for each age group.

Both lesson groups give you a variety of topics to choose from.  Some have activities with things that you will most likely have already in your home.

Engage the older siblings to help the younger kids with some of these also.  It can be a family learning experience.

Hope you enjoy!

3/23/2020

Here is a website with resources for supporting children's emotional well - being during the COVID-19 pandemic, check it out at:  https://www.childtrends.org/publications/resources-for-supporting-childrens-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR1X3bCcSHQrY7C8PH7T6pYFnILlwAnVcT0UJIwNctod0OlxZyiG_hyi_74#resources

3/24/2020

Today's post is a fun post everyone in the family can enjoy.  The videos are live videos, so you may need to come back to see some of the animals.  Enjoy the stories, activities, games, etc. at: https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

3/25/20

Today's post is a question for you and your family:

What is something you want to learn how to do?

Go to our Facebook page and let us know your answer at:  https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/

3/26/2020

Today we have: Well-Being Tips for Children and Families. Find it at: https://centerhealthyminds.org/join-the-movement/well-being-tips-for-children-and-their-families

We hope this will help during this time.

3/27/2020

Today we have a variety of activities for you from; storybooks online for young children, older children, and young adults, to riddles, a maze, coloring books online and printable, jigsaw puzzles, games, and quizzes.

You can find all this at: http://www.magickeys.com/books/

We hope you enjoy and are staying safe!

Please drop us a message at:  https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/ and let us know if what we are posting is helping you and your family, or if you feel we need to address an issue. We are here for the community.

3/30/2020

Meet "Pete the Cat". Fun reading, activities, songs, etc. for your kids. This one has some worksheets that you can print and have your kids do.  Find it here:  https://www.harpercollins.com/childrens/pete-the-cat-activities-songs-educational-videos/

Enjoy!

3/31/2020

Let your kids read with "Dolly Parton" at "Goodnight with Dolly". Starts Thursday, April 2nd. Make sure to click on the "Interested" and you will get reminders. Some great books for your kids.

Find it here:  https://imaginationlibrary.com/goodnight-with-dolly/

Also for today;  Another question for you and your family:  What is your favorite family tradition?  Let us know yours in the comments on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/ 

4/1/2020

Here is a chemistry activity for your kids (young and old):  "Periodic Table Game of Battleship", find it at: https://teachbesideme.com/periodic-table-battleship/  If you don't have the laminating source, try using a piece of clear plastic or plastic wrap.

4/2/2020

For all of us suddenly homeschooling and entertaining little's at the same time...

You can see an animal in your house, if you Google search an animal name, (on iPhone or Android), and then press, ‘View in 3D’.  It opens your camera and soon will show you the animal moving in your room.  You can walk around it, and take a picture of it with people.

Look for :
Lion
Tiger
Cheetah
Shark
Hedgehog
Duck
Emperor penguin
Wolf
Angler fish
Goat
Rottweiler
Snakes
Eagle
Brown bear
Alligator
Horse
Shetland pony
Macaw
Pug
Turtle
Cat
Octopus
Dog
Then you hit the AR button, at the top to shoot it into a live of your room if that makes sense.  (I was not able to get this to work on my Android.)

4/3/2020

Please take a moment to complete this survey. This is to help us know how we can help you doing this unprecedented time. Find the survey at:  https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/

We also have another tip for you today.

This is a good source of substitutes when you can't get to the store. Especially during this time of COVID-19.  https://food.unl.edu/article/ingredient-substitutions?fbclid=IwAR2zbyMxSv3HYbUJFNonAwFW_3fU-0eK_9jaX_SWr5I7IASPJPwoKtcrjJg

4/6/2020

We have another question for you and your family:  If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?  
4/7/2020
We will be touching on IPM (Integrated Pest Management) from time to time. These come from a deck of cards (Debbie purchased the deck and thought it might be interesting), you can purchase from KSU Dept of Entomology. The four control measures are:

* Biological Control
* Physical/Mechanical Control
* Cultural Control
* Chemical Control

Today's is from Physical/Mechanical Control:

Mechanical and physical controls are directly responsible for removing or killing a pest, physically blocking a pest, or making the environment unsuitable for survival.  These types of controls are rapid, effective, and have relatively little impact on natural enemies.

4/8/2020

Interested in food judging? Here is your chance. This is a series of three virtual training's. Information and registration is now available, https://www.kansas4-h.org/…/volunteer-trai…/other/index.html?

If you complete all three training's, please call the office and let us know. We can then put you on the judging list for other county's to call you for judging.

Also, for the parents with older siblings taking care of younger ones:

During this time we know there are families that have older siblings taking care of the younger ones. Some still have parents that are essential workers and continue to work.

We thank those parents and thought they may need some help with the children caring for the children.

https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/…/suddenly-in-charge-children-…?

4/9/2020

We look forward to a time, hopefully soon, when all of our in-person activities can resume, and we can greet you with smile – face to face. We know this is an incredible disappointment and recognize how much everyone looks forward to these 4-H events. We will make every effort shift as many of these events as possible to online or distance learning opportunities. Remember, our 4-H motto remains the same: To Make the Best Better! We can make the best of this by working together to live out the 4-H Pledge! 🍀💜
For full details, visit: https://bit.ly/3c3BV4J

Also, want to learn a language during this time? Here is a video and a simple diagram (see our Facebook page for the diagram) to help you learn the ASL ABC Alphabet.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYhAAMDQl-Q

Another idea for you:  Do you and your family like to star gaze? There is an app called: Star Walk 2 you might be interested in.

Hope you enjoy!

4/10/2020

Natural ways to color your Easter eggs. Enjoy!  This one you will need to copy the URL into your search engine.  https://www.facebook.com/5min.crafts/videos/688897431918440/

Want to learn how to draw a T-Rex? Here is your chance...  To join Youtube Live go to spexhibitions.com/covid-19  Go to the "Video" section for the webinar.  Link to Dr. Julius Csotonyi website - http://csotonyi.com

4/13/2020

Have you stocked up on some foods and don't know how long they will last? Check out our Food Storage Guides for estimated storage times. Learn more at:  https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3130.pdf and https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3131.pdf

There are 8 different ride videos from Disney for you and your family to enjoy. When the small ad boxes come up, just go to the "x" and click and it will be removed so you can enjoy.  Find it here:  https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/virtual-rides-from-disney-attractions/

Hope your family enjoys this one!

4/14/2020

Do you have problems with Henbit or Chickweek in your lawn? Patience is needed, per Ward Upham, to eliminate it.

Henbit and Chickweed in Lawns
The plant with the little purple flowers that have been showing up in home lawns is called henbit. If you are not sure this is what you have, check the stems. If they are square rather than round, you have henbit. A plant that also is low growing but has round stems and tiny white flowers is chickweed.
 
Both these plants are winter annuals and start to grow in the fall. They spend the winter as small plants and so most people do not pay much attention to them until they start to flower in the spring. Trying to kill either one at this late stage with a herbicide usually is a waste of time and money. Though plants may be burned back, they will rarely be killed. So what should you do? Remember, these are winter annuals that will die as soon as the weather turns hot. Keep the lawn mowed until nature takes its course.
 
However, you can do something next fall that will help next spring. Henbit and chickweed usually germinate about mid-October. Spraying with 2,4-D, Weed-B-Gon, Weed Free Zone,
Weed Out, or Trimec in late October to early November can go a long way toward eliminating these plants as they are small and relatively easy to control. Choose a day that is at least 50 degrees F. These herbicides will work at temperatures below 50 degrees but the weeds are killed at a slower rate. You may also use a preemergent herbicide for lawns in late September as long as have not recently put down grass seed. Spraying with the postemergence herbicides mentioned earlier will also catch dandelions which the preemergent herbicides will miss.
 
Spot treating will probably be needed in the spring (March) whichever method of control you use but is more likely with the use of preemergent herbicides. Use Weed Free Zone, Speed Zone, Weed Out, Weed-B-Gon, Trimec, or one of the special henbit herbicides early in the spring before they have put on much growth. (Ward Upham)
Here are more cards from the deck:

Biological control is the use of introduced beneficial insects and organisms (natural enemies) to help reduce pest populations. Examples of biological control agents include predators, parasitoids, pathogens and competitors.

Cultural controls focus on altering the environment to make it less suitable for pests. This is used as a prevention strategy to reduce pest establishment, reproduction, dispersal, and the survival of pests. The goal is to maintain healthy plants and animals.

Chemical controls may be considered when other management tactics have not achieved adequate control. Pesticides are used to destroy, repel, or otherwise reduce pest infestations. Examples include herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. All are readily available and easy to use.

Hope you are learning something from our posts.

Family Coping Techniques for you and yours. Enjoy!  See our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/  for this post and techniques.

4/15/2020

Sometimes we need a little conversion chart to help with recipes.  Here is a conversion chart from Mom4Real to help with that.  https://www.mom4real.com/how-to-cut-a-recipe-in-half-printable-kitchen-conversion-chart/?

Kansas State University to extend limit on face-to-face events through July 31.  See entire article at:  https://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement/?id=64156&fbclid

4/16/2020

Let us know how you are still continuing with your 4-H projects this year, even with the COVID-19.  

Do you have a 19-25 year old stuck at home? Here is some help for them.  https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/stories/2020/04/emerging-adults-need-support-stay-at-home.html

4/17/2020

Here are some exercises we can all do while at home during the quarantine and beyond. Enjoy!  See our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/ for this post.

Found this great idea for all our quilting fans. Hope it helps! https://diyjoy.com/make-a-quilt-sandwich-with-pool-noodles/?

4/20/2020

Here is a great idea to "Create a Casserole".  See our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/  for this post.

Here is a great way to travel to the national parks that you haven't been to. Enjoy! See our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/  for this post. 

4/21/2020

This is something for the little ones to enjoy.  A call from Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, or Goofy.  See our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/  for this post.

Found this for our gardening people. Thought it might help. Enjoy!  See our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/KWKSRE/  for this post.

4/22/2020
Please see Iroquois Center for Human Development  for:  We understand that finances may be a major concern for our community members.  We want to make sure that everyone is able to access services without a hardship during this difficult time.  All out of pocket costs for telephone and televideo services will be waived throughout the duration of the stay at home order.  Please call 620-723-2272 for additional information.
4/23/2020
On our Facebook page we have a Gardening tip for you.  Check it out!
While we are confined to our homes, we can organize some paperwork.  There are some tips to help you with retention on our Facebook page.  
Here is a good idea to do with the family.  "We've started a new thing in our house today and sharing it in case anyone else wants to try.  Every time we wish we could do something, go somewhere, treat ourselves, see someone we love, visit a new place, invite people to visit us, we're going to write it down on a post it note and put it in a jar.  When all this is over this will be our bucket list and we'll work our way through the jar and be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in our lives.  Until then we'll enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to.
4/24/2020
Check out our Facebook page for some great ideas for Common Beef Cuts, Common Pork Cuts, and Common Chicken Cuts.
4/27/2020
4-H Members:  

May 1st is a very important date.

Please go into 4h Online and review your project list for each member of your family. May 1st is the date for any Add/Drop Projects. You must be enrolled in 4-H project area to be eligible in that 4-H class.

If you are in the Horse Project, all Horse Identification papers are due by May 1st. If you are using the same horse as last year, call the office and let us know. If you are using a NEW horse, you will need to complete horse identification paperwork and photos and get those to the office no later than May 1st. You can find the Horse identification paperwork on our website at: https://www.kiowa.k-state.edu/…/Horse%20ID%20Certificate.pdf

If you haven't worked out slaughter dates for after the fair, you might work on this also. These dates are backing up quickly.

As always we are here for you, if you have any questions/concerns.

Stay safe and healthy!

Happy Monday! What better way to start off the week, than with the 4-H Pledge?! Watch as our very own Kansas 4-H #TrueLeader Chanae leads us in the pledge.  See the video on our Facebook page.

Be part of the change with 4-H!  David, a 4-Her from Pottawatomie County, used his creativity to put together this great video. Watch the video to learn more about the SpaceTech project and what it has to offer our youth.  See his video on our Facebook page.

4/28/2020

Today on our Facebook page we have a voting for the KSRE Pesticide Safety and Integrated Pest Management Program.

Today, April 28th, is *Pay It Forward Day.*

4/29/2020

Today is World Wish Day - What is your Wish today?

Has COVID-19 hurt you financially?  Please see our Facebook page for this post.

4/30/2020

Reminder: Quilt Blocks are still available

The Kiowa County Fair Board and the KSRE Sewing Ladies are sponsoring a quilt block contest for the 2020 Kiowa County Fair. The Fair Board has purchased the material for the blocks. Participants will purchase a quilt block kit from the Fair Board. There are 5 patterns to choose from.

These will be judged at the 2020 Kiowa County Fair. The completed blocks will be constructed into a quilt, table runner or placements (depending on how many we receive). This finished project will be displayed at the local banks for the months of May, June, and July and then auctioned off at the 2021 Kiowa County Fair.

Kits are available from Mindy Heinson at the Extension Office, for $5.00 each. The kits are still available, please call the office for more information at: 620-723-2156.

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
 
Reminder:
 
We are here if you need us. Our contact information is:
 
Wade Reh - wreh@ksu.edu
Mindy Heinson - mheinson@ksu.edu
Debbie Price - dprice@ksu.edu
 
Please let us know if there is anything that you are needing from us. We are still working, just from home. We are doing what we can to help the community.
5/1/2020
There is more to 4-H than people realize.  4-H pledge provides road map for Kansas youth - Youth development group’s ideals help provide focus during global pandemic.  See post on our Facebook page for entire article.
Here is another tip for those gardening individual's. Hope you enjoy!  See post on our Facebook page for this great idea!

5/4/2020

Reminders from Ward Upham on Gardening:

• Transplant peppers and seed cucumbers and melons if soil temperature is at least 60 degrees. Maybe wait a bit for sweet potatoes as we have plenty of time and want to make sure the soil is warm enough.
• Wait until about mid-June to plant winter squash and pumpkins so they mature in cooler fall weather.
∙ Transplant annual flowers when soil temperature reaches 65 degrees.

Here is a question for you today?

If we all lived in a zoo, what animals would we be?

5/5/2020

Here is another from our playing cards from the deck:

Physical-Mechanical Control -
Mulch can suppress weeds by forming a physical barrier on the soil surface. This limits the amount of light available for germinating seeds and conserves soil moisture. Common types of mulch include grass clippings, straw, shredded hardwood, and landscape fabric.

We do hope you are enjoying our Facebook posts.

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day.

Please remember to Thank all of our Teachers! Even though they may be at home, they are still hard at work teaching our kids and wanting to get back with them.

5/6/2020

Today is:
National Nurses Day
Thank you for all you are doing through these tough times!
National School Nurses Day
National Skilled Trades Day

Please THANK all of these individuals for their hard work!

PS: It is also National Bike to School Day

We have something for our History buffs:

Check out the National WWI Museum and Memorial at: https://www.theworldwar.org

They have virtual tours,digital archives, as well as live events, and other interesting resources waiting for you.

It's amazing the rations back in 1914. We are so blessed!

Check it out!

Leaving this for everyone today as a reminder, to be our best! Not just today, but everyday!  YOU GOT THIS!  Be your best today!

5/7/2020

Producers:

Free webinar by animal sciences faculty slated May 14:

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Registration is now open for a May 14 webinar that will assist Kansas beef cattle producers as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19.

“This webinar is being conducted to help beef producers assess their current nutrition and management strategies in light of the challenges to the beef market created by COVID-19,” said Dale Blasi, a beef cattle specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

“As a consequence of COVID-19, distiller’s grains are in short supply and, as a result, many of the attributes that this co-product provides in protein supply, moisture attributes to the ration and more. The shortage has created challenges for producers as they identify alternative feed ingredients to use in its place.”

The program will feature brief updates on the current market situation from K-State agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor and a discussion on alternative protein sources led by extension specialists Jaymelynn Farney and Justin Waggoner.

Blasi will address nutrition and management considerations that may be implemented by producers growing cattle in these challenging times.

The webinar is hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension. The agenda begins at noon on May 14.

Register prior to the event at https://tinyurl.com/KSUBeef-UncertainTimes or at www.KSUBeef.org.

For questions about the event or to register, please contact Lois Schreiner, lschrein@ksu.edu, or 785-532-1267.

This is for our Science/Space enthusiast:

Check out the Cosmosphere at: https://cosmo.org/
They have virtual tours of the museum galleries which include audio clips and photos. There are also artifacts with descriptions included for your enjoyment. This month they have a presentation "The 30th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope".

This is a very interesting website. Enjoy!!

5/8/2020

Are you interested in the Arts?

Here is a great website for just that:
The Art Institute of Chicago at: https://www.artic.edu/

You can visit them virtually, see their collections, exhibits, publications, and many more.

Enjoy!

How about getting some Math in today or this weekend?

Try this website for just that: https://www.education.com/games/math/

They have printable worksheets, as well as, online games, hands-on activities, and song videos.

Keep those minds active!

5/11/2020

KSRE Pesticide Safety and Integrated Pest Management Program - I would like to take a minute to thank all the youth that created wonderful art, the art teachers that submitted entries, and all of the people who voted to make this project a success! As you can see we received many other wonderful entries that were not selected in the top three, so thank you to everyone.

If you have suggestions on how to improve the contest or other ideas for contests let us know!

Do you have moles in your yard? Here is a great article to help with that.  https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/stories/2020/04/control-moles-in-home-lawn.html

Click on the link for some creative ideas using PVC pipe for you and the kids.  Oh the possibilities...  http://postris.com/list/86/20-projects-you-can-do-with-pvc-pipes/

5/12/2020

It's time to start thinking about those Bagworms. Here is an article from our Kansas Forest Service on just that. The publication link is also listed for you as well.  https://ksre.k-state.edu/tuesday/announcement/

https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3474.pdf

Hope this helps with your Bagworm problem this year.

Please take a moment to complete the survey below. It is anonymous.

We would appreciate your help in doing this, to help us, help you, with our Facebook page.  Please go to Facebook page to complete survey.

Thank you in advance! Stay safe and healthy!

5/13/2020

Happy Wednesday &
Just Smile!
😊😊😊

We have many individuals in life that suffer from domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is not always physical. Many individuals suffer from mental and emotional domestic abuse. Sometimes these types of abuse are more devastating as, sometimes they carry with you your entire life.

Do you, a family member, a friend, or colleague suffer from domestic abuse?

If so, please think about having a special person(s) in your life that you can trust/rely on. A special person, you can have a "CODE WORD(s)" with. You can call/text and they know that you are in need of help. They can notify the authorities (911) or come get you out of the situation. You may need two code words, possibly one for the authorities (911), and another for, you just need to be out of the situation.

Please, do not be embarrassed to ask for help. Your family, friends, and co-workers care about you. Think of who your person(s) are and make your "CODE WORD(s)" today.

Stay safe and healthy! We care about you!

Now might be the perfect time to get your family records organized.  https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/stories/2020/05/preserve-valuable-family-records.html

Check out: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF685.pdf for the "Our Valuable Records" free online/printable document. It is a great place to have all your information in one place and easily accessible.

Yes, it may take some time to complete, but you will be glad you did.

Don't forget to take our survey.  Please go to Facebook page to complete survey.
Thanks!

5/14/2020

Gardening tips from Ward Upham on those Wascally Wabbits:  https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/stories/2020/05/how-to-keep-rabbits-out-of-the-garden.html

Today, we have another card from the deck:  Biological Control: As living, breathing organisms, biological control agents benefit from a diverse landscape. The addition of mixed plantings and flowering borders near crops attracts and sustains populations of natural enemies by providing them with the pollen, nectar, and protection they need to survive.

Stay safe and healthy!

Today is:  National Dance like a Chicken Day!

5/15/2020

Today is:  

National Defense Transportation Day
National Pizza Party Day
National Bike To Work Day
NASCAR Day
Peace Officers Memorial Day
National Chocolate Chip Day
National Nylon Stocking Day
National Endangered Species Day

Need help with identifying Tree and Shrub diseases, pests, possible environmental stress, pine wilt, and help managing these issues?

The "Tree and Shrub Problems in Kansas: Diseases, Insects, and Environmental Stresses" publication is a great resource. Click on the link for this great resource: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3132.pdf

5/18/2020

Today is:
National Visit Your Relatives and
National No Dirty Dishes Day

Since you cannot actually visit your friends and relatives due to COVID-19, think of new ways to visit. Zoom, Skype, Face time, phone calls, email, or text.

Have fun with it, possibly watch the same movie with someone, fix the same dinner and eat together, play chess or checkers, think outside the box and be creative.

Let us know what creative idea(s) you came up with to stay connected with your friends and relatives. Oh the possibilities!!

Tis the season for TICKS! Please be careful and check yourself and children after being outside.

Here is a great publication to help you with them. https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF2653.pdf

5/19/2020

Today is:
National Devil's Food Cake Day

See our Facebook page for K-State Garden Hour dates and times.

5/20/2020

Today is:
National
-Be a Millionaire Day
-Rescue Dog Day
-Pick Strawberries Day
-Juice Slush Day
-Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

See our Facebook page for:  Tips from Ward Upham when your lawn is too wet to mow.

5/21/2020

Today is: National
-Memo Day
-Strawberries & Cream Day
- American Red Cross Founders Day
- Waitstaff Day

See our Facebook page for:  Safety first during your grilling times!

5/22/2020

Today is: National
-Road Trip Day
-Solitaire Day
-Cooler Day
- Don't Fry Day
-Vanilla Pudding Day
- Maritime Day
- Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Please wait for the Road Trip until after COVID-19.

Look up Maritime Day for some history.

Our office will be closed, Monday, 5/25/2020, in observance of Memorial Day.

Please have a safe and healthy weekend!

5/26/2020

Today is:
National
Blueberry Cheesecake Day
Paper Airplane Day

See our Facebook page for more details on:  

Markdown your calendars! K-State Department of Agronomy
and Kansas Wheat will go LIVE on YouTube on May 27 and 28 with a lot of great #wheat content from several specialists.

Wednesday, 5/27, 7:00 pm: https://youtu.be/UnD12lADM3E

Thursday, 5/28, 7:00 pm: https://youtu.be/VrF3F2yqJpc

See our Facebook page for more details on:  CFAP signup goes through August 28. Remember, the Farm Service Agency is working to make funds available throughout the signup period.

Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap

Reminder: Quilt Blocks are still available

The Kiowa County Fair Board and the KSRE Sewing Ladies are sponsoring a quilt block contest for the 2020 Kiowa County Fair.

The Fair Board has purchased the material for the blocks. Participants will purchase a quilt block kit from the Fair Board. There are 5 patterns to choose from.

These will be judged at the 2020 Kiowa County Fair. The completed blocks will be constructed into a quilt, table runner or placements (depending on how many we receive).

This finished project will be displayed at the local banks for the months of May, June, and July and then auctioned off at the 2021 Kiowa County Fair.

Kits are available from Mindy Heinson at the Extension Office, for $5.00 each. The kits are still available, please call the office for more information at: 620-723-2156.

5/27/2020

Today is:
National
- Senior Health & Fitness Day
- Cellophane Tape Day
- Grape Popsicle Day

See our Facebook page for more details on:  

Louisiana 4-H'er Garrett was inspired to design and build small, self-sustaining food pantries known as “Blessings Boxes” and has seen the need for his boxes grow in his community during #COVID19.

His goal is to take the uncertainty out of people’s lives and give them something they can count on by providing access to food. Learn more about Garrett’s story & meet other 4-H’ers who are making

a difference in their communities: https://bit.ly/2XowMyo #TrueLeaders

5/28/2020

Today is:
National
- Beef Burger Day
- Hamburger Day
- Brisket Day

See our Facebook page for more details on:  

Time for tomatoes and onions is now.

6/1/2020
Today is:
National
- Say Something Nice Day
- World Reef Awareness Day
- Nail Polish Day
- Go Barefoot Day
- Olive Day
- Pen Pal Day
- Heimlich Maneuver Day
- Hazelnut Cake Day
See our Facebook page for more information on:  Kansas farmers another rough year.  Livestock producers likely to be hit hardest.
Reminders from Ward Upham:

∙ Mulch vegetable garden.

∙ Pinch mums when they reach 6" tall to encourage bushier growth. https://tinyurl.com/yb4cd4aa

∙ Make a vegetable garden “map” so that you remember what was planted in what spot.

∙ We said 2 weeks ago that cedar-apple rust sprays would not be necessary after Memorial Day. Not true this year as galls on cedars are still active. Put on one more spray.

6/2/2020

Today is:
National
- Bubba Day
- Rocky Road Day
- Leave the Office Early Day
- Rotisserie Chicken Day

Check out our Facebook page if you are a 4-H Member for more information on:  Since we are unable to have our 4-H Wild Horse Camp this year,here is another way to have 4-H camp this summer.

It will just be virtually.

Check out our Facebook page for information on the Pratt and Stafford 2020 Wheat Plot Tour.

6/3/2020

Today is:
National
- Running Day
- Repeat Day
- Egg Day
- Chocolate Macaroon Day

Are you wanting to purchase from local farmers/ranchers? There is a Facebook page just for that, check it out. It is for Kansas, you can locate by where you live and buy from local producers.

What a great service this is.  Check out our Facebook page for more information.

6/4/2020

Today is:
National
- Clean Beauty Day
- Cheese Day
- Safe Day
- Old Maids Day

Check out our Facebook page for more information on Barber County Virtual Wheat Plot Tour.

Okay folks, it's time to get those nasty BAGWORMS!!!  Check out the information on our Facebook page.

6/5/2020

Today is:
National
- Doughnut Day
- Veggie Burger Day
- Gingerbread Day

There is a lot of Stress in our lives today. This article encompasses the whole family. Hope it helps!  Get more information regarding this on our Facebook page.

Here is a great article from Ward on Mushrooms and Fairy Rings in Turfgrass.  See our Facebook page for the entire article.

6/8/2020

Today is:

National
- Best Friends Day
- Upsy Daisy Day
- Name your Poison Day *

* Look this holiday up. Might not be everything you thought it is.

Gardeners:  How are your gardens doing?

6/9/2020

Today is:
National
- Donald Duck Day
- Earl Day
- Call your Doctor Day
- Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

4-H Members:  How are those 4-H projects coming this year?  Comment on our Facebook page.

Producers:

EPA Cancellation Order for Dicamba Products Impacts Kansas Agriculture - see the entire news release on our Facebook page for more information.

6/10/2020

Today is:
National
- Iced Tea Day
- Black Cow Day
- Egg Roll Day
- Herbs & Spices Day
- Ballpoint Pen Day

6/11/2020

Today is:
National
- Making Life Beautiful Day
- Corn on the Cob Day
- German Chocolate Cake Day

Make sure to stay hydrated during these hot days!  See more information on this at our Facebook page.

6/12/2020

Today is:
National
- Loving Day History
- Red Rose Day
- Peanut Butter Cookie Day
- Jerky Day

Here are some Food Facts for Outdoor Eating:  a lot of information for you on our Facebook page regarding this topic.

6/15/2020

Today is:
National
- Smile Power Day
- Nature Photography Day

We are excited, we reached 200 Likes on our Facebook page!  We also have 226 Followers!  Thank you everyone!!

Wait 5! A 5-minute pause before removing jars from a canner will help reduce liquid loss and help jars seal.

Learn more at https://www.rrc.k-state.edu/preservation/index.html #KSRE #NCRFoodSafety per Karen Blakeslee.  

Check out this information on our Facebook page.

6/16/2020

Today is:
National Fudge Day

We are excited to share that K-State will host Celebrate Agriculture Day during the November 7, 2020 K-State Football game against Texas Tech.

Kansas Agriculture is certainly something to recognize and celebrate!

During Celebrate Agriculture Day, K-State will honor Willie’s Farm Families! K-State Research and Extension is partnering with K-State Athletics to select one family to represent each of the state’s counties.

Each selected farm family will receive two complimentary tickets to the game with the opportunity to purchase additional discounted tickets and be recognized with all county representatives during the game.

For a chance to represent Kiowa County, submit a name through the Facebook post on our page, or call our office at 620-723-2156.

Kiowa County Extension will accept nominations through 5:00 pm on Friday, June 26, 2020.

*K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for more information about this exciting opportunity. 

Find the flyer on our Facebook page for more information on this.