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December 07th, 2021

potatoesSpecial to the Leader & Times 


For Kansas gardeners, St. Patrick’s Day means something much more than donning a favorite green outfit and heading to local celebrations.

Traditionally, the Irish holiday signals the date for planting potatoes.

“Actually, anytime from mid- to late-March is fine for potato planting,” said Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham.

“Be sure to buy seed potatoes rather than using those bought for cooking. Seed potatoes are certified disease free and have plenty of starch to sprout as quickly as soil temperatures allow.”

Upham notes that most seed potatoes can be cut into four pieces – “though large potatoes may yield more,” he said. Each seed should weight between 1 ½ to 2 ounces, and likely more than one eye.

Each pound of seed potatoes should yield 8 to 10 pieces, according to Upham.

“Cut the seed 2 to 3 days before planning so that freshly cut surfaces have a chance to suberize, or toughen, which provides a protective coating,” Upham said. “Storing seed in a warm location during suberization will speed the process.”

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Upham recommends planting each seed piece 1 to 2 inches deep and 8 to 12 inches apart in rows.

“Though it is important to plant potatoes in March, they emerge slowly,” he said. “It is often mid- to late-April before new plants poke their way through the soil. As the potatoes grow, pull soil up to the base of the plants. New potatoes are borne above the planted seed piece and it is important to keep sunlight from hitting the new potatoes.”

Upham said exposed potatoes will turn green and produce a poisonous substance called solanine. Keeping the potatoes covered will prevent this.

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

The March 8 Horticulture Newsletter includes tips on:

  • Growing rhubarb in Kansas – it’s tricky!
  • Bolting and buttoning such cole crops as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
  • Best time to plant lettuce, radishes and spinach.
  • Cutting back ornamental grasses.
  • Pruning raspberries and blackberries.

Interested persons can also send their garden- and yard-related questions to Upham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact your local K-State Research and Extension office.

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ground beefSpecial to the Leader & Times


Consumers overwhelmingly chose ground beef over plant-based beef alternatives in a multifaceted study now being reported by Kansas State University researchers.

Ground beef – offered with 10%, 20% and 30% fat -- was strongly preferred for taste and flavor over plant-based alternatives, and less than one-third of the respondents said they would buy the plant-based alternatives in the store or retail settings, according to K-State meat scientist Travis O’Quinn.

“The results are pretty stark,” O’Quinn said. “Our three ground beef products were highly desired by consumers. We didn’t witness many differences among the three fat levels we offered, but when we compared those to the ground beef alternatives, every one of the alternatives had a tendency to fall out (of favorability with consumers).”

Consumers rated the plant-based alternatives as “extremely dry,” according to O’Quinn, and rated those products “very low” for flavor. In one test, only 18% of the consumers said they would be willing to buy the plant-based ground beef alternative.

fb friKevin Colvin, manager of radio station KSLS, gets ready to bowl Sunday at the Bowl For Kids' Sake fund-raiser at Ayr Lanes. Colvin was one of around 500 people who raised pledges for Big Brothers Big Sisters at the weekend event.====FROM March 6, 2001====


BY: JANICE NORTHERNS, Southwest Daily Times

Strikes and gutter balls abounded Saturday and Sunday as bowlers of all skill levels "bowled for kids' sake" at Ayr Lanes to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Around 76 teams participated, many fielded by local businesses and organizations such as Golden Plains Credit Union, the City of Liberal and Seward County Community College, and rivalry among co-workers added to the fun and the funds raised, according to Clareisa Bayouth, BBBS executive director.

"We had some side bets going on and some businesses had several teams. Golden Plains Credit Union had two teams and there was so much rivalry between them that one person raised $642," Bayouth said.

Team participation and spirit was good, but the fund-raiser, which has one more weekend to go at the end of March, is still short of the amount organizers had hoped for.

"We had good participation -- about 500 people bowled this weekend and about 100 the weekend before, but we are still not even halfway to our goal of $40,000," Bayouth said.

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    L&T staff report
    The Liberal Recreation Department is hosting the Leprechaun Challenge Saturday, March 13, at Willow Tree Golf Course.
    Registration will start at 12:30 p.m., and the run will begin at 1 p.m.
    The cost is a free will donation, and the person wearing the most green wins a prize.


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