HPPR Environment http://hppr.org en Tell me the story of the world record whitetail buck, ey? http://hppr.org/post/tell-me-story-world-record-whitetail-buck-ey <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Howdy Folks!</span></p><p>I tell you what, I have just had a conversation with Milo Hanson about the day he shot his world record whitetail buck. &nbsp;I feel like I've just been on the set of&nbsp;<em>The Red Green Show</em>.</p><p>Milo is from Biggar, Saskatchewan. &nbsp;He tells the story of that day better than any radio theater. &nbsp;Pour yourself a cup of coffee, lean back, and listen to Milo.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Luke Clayton 30651 at http://hppr.org Tell me the story of the world record whitetail buck, ey? Western Kansas drought scars run deep http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-drought-scars-run-deep <p>Even if you had no idea western Kansas was in the midst of a long-term drought, the scars are hard to miss.&nbsp; Corrals and roads are drifted with tumbleweeds.&nbsp; Irrigation ditches are bone dry.&nbsp; Fence rows are filled with drifted sand, and grass in the pastures has disappeared according to <a href="http://kansasagland.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=9447:drought-scars-evident-on-the-western-kansas-landscape&amp;catid=35:state-ag-news&amp;Itemid=84">a recent article from Kansas Agland</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 30617 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas drought scars run deep Kale: Everything old is new again http://hppr.org/post/kale-everything-old-new-again <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s an old song, “Everything old is new again.”&nbsp; This year a portion of Skip’s vegetable garden will be on the cutting edge of the latest culinary style.&nbsp; In addition to featuring some heritage tomatoes and watermelons from the 1800s, she’s decided to add some kale seeds to the patch of greens that traditionally provide the makings of her summer salads.&nbsp; If you haven’t been to the produce section recently, here’s an update on what’s hot and what’s not.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30545 at http://hppr.org Kale: Everything old is new again Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house http://hppr.org/post/unlocking-prairie-secrets-sod-house <p></p><p>Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19<sup>th</sup>century. To do that, they’re working with a team of archaeologists and historians dissecting a sod house, a house built out of bricks cut from dirt.</p><p>Larry Estes has had a sod house in his backyard in Gates, Neb., for as long as he can remember. He never really thought anything about it until a year ago when a repairman asked him about it.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Jackie Sojico 30513 at http://hppr.org Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house Rainwater Basins, the Central Flyway and Migratory Birds http://hppr.org/post/rainwater-basins-central-flyway-and-migratory-birds-0 <p></p><p>Nebraska's rainwater basin region is beneath the Central Flyway, used by tens of millions of birds migrating to the prairie pothole regions of the Dakotas, Canada and beyond to nest and mate.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 30468 at http://hppr.org Rainwater Basins, the Central Flyway and Migratory Birds Texas Panhandle: First hantavirus case of 2014 http://hppr.org/post/texas-panhandle-first-hantavirus-case-2014 <p></p><p>A Swisher County resident is the first case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Texas this year according to a recent <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20140410.aspx">news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 30470 at http://hppr.org Texas Panhandle: First hantavirus case of 2014 Playa Sedimentation: Causes and Fixes http://hppr.org/post/playa-sedimentation-causes-and-fixes-0 <p></p><p> Playa lakes are effective vectors for groundwater recharge and water filtration, but that assumes they're in a healthy state.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:28:22 +0000 Dale Bolton 30467 at http://hppr.org Playa Sedimentation: Causes and Fixes Sharks in Kansas http://hppr.org/post/sharks-kansas <p></p><p>Sharks swimming in Kansas waters? Looking for dorsal fins cutting through waters where I fish, wade, and swim gives me goose bumps. I’d already spent too much time focusing on such worries as a teenage body surfer in Huntington Beach, California.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 30364 at http://hppr.org Sharks in Kansas A tale of turkey and hogs http://hppr.org/post/tale-turkey-and-hogs <p style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); margin-bottom: 20px; line-height: normal;"><font face="Arial" size="3">There are few things that I enjoy more than hunting turkeys in the spring when the landscape is coming to life in many hues of green and the sun’s warming rays once again informs Mother Nature that it’s time for all her creatures to go about the task of procreation.</font></p><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Luke Clayton 30283 at http://hppr.org A tale of turkey and hogs Water Basics 101 http://hppr.org/post/water-basics-101 <p></p><p>Math helps us understand the causes of water shortages, how much water we’re wasting, as well as predict flooding.&nbsp; The big picture can be seen when you grasp how much water is falling as rain or snow, moving into rivers or aquifers, and how much is being used in cities, industry and farms. &nbsp;An explanation of the current water situation from the National Geographic can be found <a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/28/to-understand-water-learn-the-math/">here</a>.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30239 at http://hppr.org Water Basics 101 New beginnings for a winter coat http://hppr.org/post/new-beginnings-winter-coat <p></p><p>You’ve heard the saying, “Looks can be deceiving.” That statement describes our little terrier’s coat. When you see him, he looks like a sleek little pooch who doesn’t shed. That’s true September through February. However, when March blows in, he gives March Madness a new interpretation.</p><p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 30033 at http://hppr.org New beginnings for a winter coat Tumbleweeds drift across the High Plains causing havoc http://hppr.org/post/tumbleweeds-drift-across-high-plains-causing-havoc <p></p><p>Prolonged drought, bursts of high winds, and untimely rain is a recipe for an explosion of tumbleweeds across the rolling plains of southeastern Colorado, parts of New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle said a recent article in <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/27/us-usa-tumbleweeds-idUSBREA2Q14E20140327">Reuters</a>.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29952 at http://hppr.org Tumbleweeds drift across the High Plains causing havoc Full Circle Farming: Leaving a better place in the world http://hppr.org/post/full-circle-farming-leaving-better-place-world <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our final visit to Beaver Creek Ranch and Full Circle Aquaponics takes us on a tour of the site, with a look at the animal residents and a discussion with Alice Hill about future hopes, plans, and goals. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Skip Mancini 29956 at http://hppr.org Full Circle Farming: Leaving a better place in the world Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Converting to Dryland Farming http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-initiative-converting-dryland-farming <p></p><p>Southwest Kansas producer Steve Arnold had been a big irrigator. Ten wells, numerous pivot irrigation systems and 4-wheel-drive tractors on a farm near Johnson City.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 29523 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Converting to Dryland Farming Wiper fishing during the shad spawn http://hppr.org/post/wiper-fishing-during-shad-spawn <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Howdy Folks!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you will take a few minutes and listen, Jason Barber will tell you the secrets of catching catfish and wipers now that spring has arrived and the water temperatures are warming up. &nbsp;The warmer temperatures also mean the shad are spawning, and that's key for a successful day!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Luke Clayton 29685 at http://hppr.org Wiper fishing during the shad spawn Serendipity on Highway 183 http://hppr.org/post/serendipity-highway-183 <p></p><p>Some words stick in the mind, and serendipity is one those memorable terms rattling around in my cranium. In college, I hung out at a retreat called Serendipity House. I’d never heard the expression before, so after my first visit, I hit the dictionary.</p><p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 29697 at http://hppr.org Serendipity on Highway 183 A Garden for All Seasons http://hppr.org/post/garden-all-seasons <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week we'll look at another aspect of the full circle farming concept utilized at Beaver Creek Farms and Full Circle Aquaponics, as host Alice Hill takes me through her year-round greenhouse structures.&nbsp;&nbsp; The high tunnel and the hoop house both provide protected areas that, with proper planting and mulching methods help provide fresh vegetables throughout much of the winter.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Skip Mancini 29636 at http://hppr.org A Garden for All Seasons Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: No-till and Cover Crops Help Rainwater Basins http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-initiative-no-till-and-cover-crops-help-rainwater-basins <p></p><p>South-central Nebraska producer John Kinley has a three-acre rainwater basin in a crop field. He talks about progressive practices such as no-till production and cover cropping.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 29519 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: No-till and Cover Crops Help Rainwater Basins The secret to catfishing http://hppr.org/post/secret-catfishing <p></p><p>Howdy folks!</p><p>This week, I tell you what, we are going to discover the secret of reeling in those big cats! &nbsp;Jason Barber shares with us how&nbsp;cormorants are a key to unlocking the mystery.</p><p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Luke Clayton 29420 at http://hppr.org The secret to catfishing Recovering from flooding, Colorado farmers hope for enough water http://hppr.org/post/recovering-flooding-colorado-farmers-hope-enough-water <p>When <a href="http://kunc.org/post/death-toll-likely-rise-colorado-flooding-officials-say">September’s flood waters came down from the Front Range foothills</a>, they destroyed homes and wrecked office parks. The water ruined roads, bridges and highways. The floods destroyed farms and crops, and unleashed tremendous pressure on aging irrigation infrastructure, some of which dated back to the late 1800s. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:00:53 +0000 Luke Runyon 29431 at http://hppr.org Recovering from flooding, Colorado farmers hope for enough water Kansas: The quiet start of tornado season might not last http://hppr.org/post/kansas-quiet-start-tornado-season-might-not-last <p></p><p>Tornado season has begun, and it’s off to a pretty quiet start, but weather officials say that won’t last according to a <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/14/3346676/weather-officials-expect-a-delayed.html">recent article in the Wichita Eagle</a>.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29310 at http://hppr.org Kansas: The quiet start of tornado season might not last Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-initiative-good-soil-health-practices-benefit-playas <p>Playa wetlands benefit from practices that result in good soil health. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says there are four principles to improving soil health:</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 29005 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas Haboob blasts across the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/haboob-blasts-across-high-plains <p>A towering wall of dust known as a haboob pushed across a big swath of the High Plains last Tuesday said an <a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2014/03/13/high-plains-haboob-blows-across-five-states/#.UydCAD9dXvl">article from Discover</a>.</p><p></p><p>The dust streamed out of Colorado and Kansas into Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.</p><p></p><p>Winds gusting to almost 60 miles per hour reduced visibility to almost zero in southwestern Kansas.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29211 at http://hppr.org Haboob blasts across the High Plains Bass Fishing: The nitty gritty details of deadstickin http://hppr.org/post/bass-fishing-nitty-gritty-details-deadstickin <p></p><p> Howdy Folks!</p><p>I tell you what, I wish we would have had 30 minutes to talk with Jason Barber about deadstickin last week, so I've done the next best thing. &nbsp;I've brought him back again this week. &nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Luke Clayton 29021 at http://hppr.org Bass Fishing: The nitty gritty details of deadstickin Grazing Management: Patch Burning Research http://hppr.org/post/grazing-management-patch-burning-research <p></p><p></p><p>This week on Playa Country, prescribed burning. Oklahoma State University's Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology &amp; Management is researching effects of limited prescribed burning or "patch burning" to create a mosaic of patches across the landscape.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 8803 at http://hppr.org Grazing Management: Patch Burning Research I see the moon, and I know it by name http://hppr.org/post/i-see-moon-and-i-know-it-name <p></p><p>If you took an evening walk or happened to look out your window eastward last Thursday, you saw what some call the Worm Moon, a term American Indians introduced.&nbsp; While these nomadic people didn’t follow a Julian calendar, they knew the importance of using seasonal lunar phases to record passing time.</p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Karen Madorin 28811 at http://hppr.org I see the moon, and I know it by name To catch a big bass this time of year, do some deadstickin http://hppr.org/post/catch-big-bass-time-year-do-some-deadstickin-0 <p></p><p>Deadsticking is a term used for fishing a bait, usually a soft plastic but not always, very slowly during the winter months when water temperatures are at their lowest. When the water is cold, fish become lethargic. They must eat but they prefer a meal that remains somewhat stationary rather than something they must chase down. Thus the reason that 1.5 inch soft plastic shad imitations held motionless near the top of big schools of white bass provided so much excitement at Cedar Creek Lake last week.</p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Luke Clayton 28808 at http://hppr.org To catch a big bass this time of year, do some deadstickin Winter Watering http://hppr.org/post/winter-watering <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A trip to the county extension office for a botanical diagnosis of a sickly tree branch paid off with reassurance that all was well. &nbsp;While I was there I was also served up a refresher course in wise watering practices for our consistently dry and thirsty area. &nbsp;We reviewed some things I knew about, but am sometimes lax in following. &nbsp;And I learned a thing or two about making every precious drop of moisture count, even when rainfall is skimpy. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Skip Mancini 28683 at http://hppr.org Winter Watering Landowner Story: Managed Intensive Grazing on Birdwell and Clark Ranch http://hppr.org/post/landowner-story-managed-intensive-grazing-birdwell-and-clark-ranch <p></p><p>Deborah Clark and her husband Emory apply the principles of holistic ranch management, and they use managed intensive grazing on their stocker cattle operation on 14,000 acres in north-central Texas.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 27648 at http://hppr.org Landowner Story: Managed Intensive Grazing on Birdwell and Clark Ranch Invasive weeds may look forward to climate change http://hppr.org/post/invasive-weeds-may-look-forward-climate-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/publications/files/HighPlainsClimateChangeGuide-2013.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">climate models paint</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be richer with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species. &nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>A growing problem</strong></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Luke Runyon 28593 at http://hppr.org Invasive weeds may look forward to climate change