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October 27th, 2021

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BY: LARRYPHILLIPS, Southwest Daily Times


As she stumbled across the finish line and fell on the old brick street, Liberal's defending International Pancake Day Race champion Cheri Bevis showed a gutsy performance Tuesday to make it two in a row.

Bevis, 27, not only captured the win in the Liberal leg of the 55th running of the historic race, but she also defeated Olney's Andrea Rawlings, 30, who had won earlier in the day in England. Bevis covered the 415-yard course in 1:00.00 to take the international title over Rawlings' 1:05.00.

The weather at the start of the race was somewhat mild compared to the last several years, where sub-freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chill factors punished the runners. At the gun, it was 36 degrees with winds out of the northeast at 14 mph and no gusts. But with the wind at their backs, the women got a quick jump, and it didn't take long for last year's second-place finisher Tina Ward to spring to the front.

asparagusSpecial to the Leader & Times


As garden season comes to a close, it is time to think about how to care for and harvest final produce

Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham said he sometimes receives questions about moving asparagus or rhubarb in the fall. 

“Though these crops are traditionally transplanted in the spring (mid-March to mid-April), a fall move can be successful,” Upham said. 

Upham shared his tips for successfully transplanting these vegetables:
• Wait until the tip has been browned by frost.
• Soil should be prepared the same way as in the spring.
• To ensure good root/soil contact, water well after planting.
• Mulching could be helpful for rhubarb to prevent heaving out of the soil.

For more information, the K-State Research and Extension has free publications on asparagus and rhubarb that are available online.

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Last call for Tomatoes

Moving into October means fall weather, specifically cooler nights. 

“If you have tomatoes, you may have some that are approaching maturity,” Upham said “Leave them on the vine until mature or until a frost is forecast.”

No one wants to leave precious fruits and vegetables out in the cold, so Upham shared what to do when harvesting fruit before a frost. 
• Separate tomatoes into three groups for storage: mostly red, starting to turn, and still green.
• Any tomatoes with defects or breaks in skin should be discarded.
• Carboard trays lined with newspaper can be used to store and separate fruit.
• Tomatoes should be stored as close to 55 degrees Fahrenheit as possible.

“Tomatoes will ripen off the vine but must have reached a certain phase of maturity called the ‘mature green stage,’” Upham said.

Full size green tomatoes with a white star-shape on the bottom fit the description for being in the ‘mature green stage’. 

Upham and his colleagues in K-State’s Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources produce a weekly Horticulture Newsletter with tips for maintaining home landscapes. The newsletter is available to view online or can be delivered by email each week.

====Southwest Living: Oct. 4, 2021====


armywormSpecial to the Leader & Times 


The destructive – though rarely seen – armyworm has taken its voracious appetite to many Kansas farm fields this fall.

Kansas State University crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth said many Kansas farmers are reporting sightings of the small worm, which feeds on turf grasses, vegetables and other plants when other food sources become scarce.

“It has been 14 or 15 years since we’ve gotten this many reports and seen this much worm infestation in the state of Kansas,” Whitworth said.

He said there have been reports of armyworms, true armyworms, fall armyworms and beet armyworms.

“It started last February and March with army cutworms,” he said. The armyworms started mostly in eastern Kansas, affecting brome and wheat, before heading west in June and July.

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====Southwest Living: Sep. 27, 2021====


pink anthuriumSpecial to the Leader & Times 


Although September has been unseasonably warm, Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham advises moving houseplants indoors to protect them from dropping temperatures.

“Many people with houseplants move some of them outside for the summer to give them better growing conditions and help them recover from the stress of an indoor environment,” Upham said.

When night temperatures begin to consistently dip into the 40s, it is a sign to start transitioning houseplants to the indoors. The indoor conditions will ensure they survive the harsh weather of winter.

Before bringing plants into the house, Upham advises inspecting them for insects and disease. If you find evidence of insects on your plants, there are two methods of removal: spray or soak.

“A sharp spray from a garden hose can removed insects or mites from houseplant foliage,” he said. “Insects in the potting soil can be forced out by soaking the pot in a tub of lukewarm water for about 15 minutes.”

The biggest challenge for plants moving indoors is the adjustment to less sunlight. Start plants out in an area that receives the most light, then gradually start moving the plant to its more shaded, final location.

=====Southwest Living: Sept. 20, 2021=====


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