Fall brings memories of school days gone by! One memory focusses on the fall after I graduated from high school. School started the first of September and the first morning of school that fall I stood at our door watching the school bus go past our home without stopping or even slowing down.…

There are basically two types of cattle in the world today. One includes the European and British breeds that descended from the original wild cattle (Bos taurus) of those regions. The other includes the more heat-tolerant animals of the tropics (the hump-backed droopy-eared Zebu cattle, Bos…

Good morning! I’m sitting at the kitchen table overlooking the lake at our condo in Big Sky Montana. It is snowing this morning and what a peaceful setting this is! We love going out on our deck and feeding the ducks bread, watching people in canoes on the lake, and sometimes seeing moose or…

The days are growing shorter, shadows grow longer and our night time temperatures are starting to drop. As fall approaches, trees prepare for dormancy and stop focusing on branch and tree top development, but rather taking up water and nutrients in preparation for next spring.

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series on cattle handling. The second installment will run on Sept. 25, offering tips on sorting cattle.

It is pretty much a given that fresh sweet corn is delicious and if cared for correctly can be a relatively easy crop to grow. Sweet corn is a warm-season crop that will germinate best when the soil temperature is above 55 degrees.

Onions are a great crop to grow in our area. They can tolerate our cool springs and are not overly complex to grow. Onions are moderate users of the three major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) and enjoy a soil mixed with lots of loose well composted organic matter.

I played in a celebrity golf tournament in Oklahoma City a while back. Now, I’ve been to a few celebrity team ropings, a couple celebrity stock dog trials, a million brandings and one celebrity rock pickin’ — but this was my first celebrity golf tournament. Generous people paid a lot of mone…

This is the time of year when there are a lot of family reunions going on. Those reunions are important in order to keep in touch with family, near and far. It brings a family closer together as they gather and visit, play games, eat and share memories. These reunions can be a three or four …

Hiking with your dog is a wonderful way to exercise and break up life’s routine. While hiking has its hazards, this article is not meant to discourage you from spending time with your pets and enjoying nature. There are many things to consider when hiking, but I’ll highlight two common summe…

Acute tympanites, also known as bloat, is a non-infectious disease common among ruminant animals. Bloat can become apparent when carbon dioxide and methane gases build up within a cow’s stomachs, leading to abdominal swelling. Bloat can be caused by diet or by some type of throat obstruction.

The other day on the internet, I saw an old commercial of a semi truck that had these words painted on the side: JONNY KAT, KITTY LITTER. For some reason that had a profound affect on me. Imagine a semi full of kitty litter! 40,000 pounds of scented, colored, and packaged cat box contents!

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series on building and maintaining fences. Part II will run on Aug. 14.

“The hills are alive with the sound of music...” How about “The farms are alive with the sounds/aromas/visions of harvest.” Yes, harvest time is upon us. As you look around you can see hay bales in the fields and hay stacks being erected close to cattle enclosure. The air is full of the swee…

We all know hot weather can be tough on plants if they do not have adequate water, or if the hot weather is made worse with drying winds. Most plants slow down their growth and production in temperatures above 90 degrees. Tomatoes for example, which are a warm-season crop, basically stop gro…

Gardening and landscaping with native plants in east Idaho is really the best way to reduce work, expense, disease issues, insect problems, pesticide use and answer the age old question of “will it survive here?” We live in an arid, high-altitude desert, and as part of that we have high diur…

Most homeowners want healthy, vigorous, and attractive lawns throughout the growing season. However, as lawns age, excessive thatch may accumulate and reduce the health, vigor and attractiveness of lawns.

The issue: Summer is when weeds are most noticeable, mostly because they are large and that is the time we are out in our yards and fields. Annuals and seedlings are easy to kill. Biennials are usually going to seed during the summer months. Perennials are quite difficult to kill in the summer.

Every summer I get phone calls as the season progresses about problems with tomatoes in people’s gardens. The most common malady is a leathery, rotten spot on the bottom of the fruit, and by the time people ask me about it, the growing season is coming to a close, so there isn’t time left to…

Summer brings great conditions and more opportunities to get out on the trail on a horse. However, injuries do happen on trail rides and often can be serious. Riders should carry a first aid kit that includes shoeing tools, bandaging material, wound antiseptic, eye lavage (use water if solut…

It goes something like this: You walk out onto your lawn during the spring and summer and start noticing either little rings of small mushrooms or light-brown rings in your lawn. You may wonder what happened or what was accidentally sprayed on the lawn to cause this, but it is not a chemical…

There are rewarding endeavors in the world of small-acreage businesses, and if you love trees, producing your own fruit, and all the many facets of being a tree grower, then a small-acreage orchard might be the right direction for you.

The issue: Common mallow or cheese weed (Malva neglecta) is a non-native weed that will germinate from spring through fall. Fall-germinated seedlings will overwinter and continue growth during the next spring. While it is an all-season annual, it may behave more like a biennial or even a sho…