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My Farm Roots
9:50 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

My Farm Roots: Grateful to be home

Rose Alderson and her husband Loren have farmed outside of Nickerson, Kan., for decades.
Frank Morris/ Harvest Public Media

Rose Alderson is a bright-eyed, energetic grandmother who loves her home a few miles outside of Nickerson, Kan. It’s the home her father was raised in and where she raised her kids, but the house is not the most important part of the Alderson place.  

Alderson loves the barn and the silo. Neither building plays much of a role on the farm anymore, but to Rose, they are the soul of the place.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:30 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Jenny Lind Melon Celebrates Long History

A heritage melon with a history of over one hundred and fifty years is our GHP subject for this week.  Named for a famous Swedish musical celebrity that toured the U.S. in 1850 via P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, the Jenny Lind melon became wildly popular.  This melon displays many of the qualities of its namesake, including sweetness and a small dainty size, and thus was perfect for growing in a backyard garden.  Today this heritage fruit is still popular, and easy to grow and serve.

High Plains History Episode
7:16 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Kids Find a Home in the Texas Panhandle

A philanthropist who wanted to give kids a place of their own founded a famous ranch in the Texas Panhandle.

Prairie Ramblings Episode
10:30 am
Sat September 8, 2012

The Insiders Guide to a Country Wave

One-finger city waves typically reflect someone's frustration, but in the country it simply means, "Good to see you."  Waves also reflect acknowledgement, warmth, and  personality.   For example, confident drivers use the pointer finger version, pickup and truck drivers seem to prefer the pointer and middle finger union wave, while some drivers are so relaxed they keep their plam on the wheel, and raise all four or eight digits in unison.   Urban drivers have said one of their favorite things about driving in the wide open spaces is greeting other drivers with a good, old fashioned, country

High Plains Outdoors Episode
7:30 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Scrapes Mark Territory

deer scrapes

Learn about the phenomenon of individual and communal deer scrapes.  Scrapes can be equated to pulling into a farmer's yard for a visit, and when you turn around, the dogs are marking their territory on your wheels.    Scrapes seem to be located at the intersection of well traveled paths.  They are most active in the fall before breeding season.  There are two kinds of scrapes- active and inactive.  Many scrapes are found along the path of least resistance, along brush lines, next to a draw, on a tree, the edge of a tree line, or in any type of terrain change.  The ideal time to look for sc

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Peaches on the High Plains?

These sweet treats can be grown throughout the HPPR broadcast area, although the further north they bloom the more likely they will encounter some late freezes that will nip the year's crop in the bud.  But the smell and taste of home grown peaches makes it worth the gamble, and the trees will actually live a longer and more 'fruitful' life if they have occasional barren years for resting and restoring.  The trail of the peach begins in China thousands of years ago.  The flavorful fruit was introduced to our shores by the Spanish explorers.

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High Plains History Episode
6:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Mexican Immigrants Influence Southwest Kansas Community

Garden City has prospered by the labor, customs, and culture of hardworking immigrants from Old Mexico.

Prairie Ramblings
10:30 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Fireflies Secret Love Signal

The dance of the fireflies has a hidden meaning.  The little beacons are signaling they are looking for love, and they are under a time crunch.  With only two weeks to find a mate and propagate, it gives adults new insight into the childhood tradition of catching and putting them in a jar. 

High Plains Outdoors Episode
7:30 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Spot and Stalk is Challenging on the High Plains

Spot and stalk on the high plains is a completely different game.  Here, creatively seek out the highest vantage point.  That could be a windmill tower, a knoll, or even the top of your pickup cab.

Harvest Public Media Story
7:30 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Markets woo wary farmers

Daryl Larson, a farmer from McPherson, Kan., wants to be able to trust the markets, but is wary.
Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

Farmers are the bedrock of the agricultural commodities markets – after all, they make the products that are traded there.

But after the October bankruptcy of commodity trading firm MF Global and more recent allegations of shady dealings at Iowa futures firm Peregrine Financial, the bedrock is shaking.

That’s why CME Group, which owns the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, is working hard to regain farmers’ trust.

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Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Rain Barrels

One of the hottest items in lots of gardening catalogues is the rain barrel, proving that 'everything old is new again'.  Throughout history we have found ways to save up rainy day water and then used it during dry times.  Today's offerings can make a fashion statement in your lawn or garden, but there are also some old-fashioned ways of conserving moisture that can provide a drink for thirsty plants.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Railroad Town

In out regional history, many towns were founded or folded by the route of a railroad. Perhaps no town was more influenced by the rails than Canadian, Texas.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Mowing

Though summer is the major growing season for most gardeners, it's also the major mowing season for many.  Today we'll  take a look at lawnmowers and the men who made them, beginning with four-legged 'natural clippers'.  These were followed by horse-drawn reels and walk-behinds that were eventually developed into the gas guzzling producers of one of the more controversial sounds of summer.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Finnup Park

A walk in the park is on tap as we look at a Southwest Kansas family of philanthropists.

Growing on the High Plains episode
3:08 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Milkweed II

The more than 140 species of milkweed  have a long and varied history.  Named Asclepius for the Greek god of healing, its medicinal uses are many.  However, several species are toxic, so if the plant is used as a health remedy, the user should be well-informed in advance.  The physical properties of milkweed have resulted in various uses for the stems and fluff-filled seed pods, including a wartime effort by World War II's greatest generation.

High Plains History episode
3:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kansas Folksongs

Listen to some "tuneful" history about the Jayhawk state.

Learning the Birds episode
8:03 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Towhees

Towhees are solitary ground-dwellers often described as a small-scale American Robin. Eastern and Spotted Towhees can both be found in the High Plains, kicking up a racket in the leaves.

High Plains History episode
8:02 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Vigilante Justice

The last lynching in Kansas was called 'justice' by many.

High Plains History episode
8:05 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Red Lights

Journey along some of history's darker streets and alleyways as we go in search of 'red lights districts' on the frontier.

High Plains Passport episode
8:04 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Farewell to the venture

The final farewell to an adventure well lived…

Growing on the High Plains episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Milkweed

Some consider this wildflower a weed, but to Monarch butterflies and those who love them, this perennial is precious and should be a part of every garden.   It is also perfectly suited to the high plains climate.

Learning the Birds episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

BluePop

A Cardinal is one type of Grosbeak – a Blue Grosbeak is another. We learn to identify this deep-blue High Plains bird with brick-red bars on its shoulders.

High Plains Passport episode
8:04 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Adapting to Kansas from El Salvador

We are meeting with a young El Salvadoran, who has allegiance to his native country, while trying to fit in the best he can in our North American culture.

High Plains History episode
8:03 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Pianos on the Plains

Early settlers were self-reliant in all things, including entertainment.  They would find a place for musical instruments on their trek to the unknown west.  Old photos feature pioneers standing around a pump organ in front of a dugout home.   Pianos were expensive and difficult to transport.  The organ offered an affordable alternative.   Some creative souls even placed the organ inside an empty piano case, giving the illusion of owning the rare item.  As time passed, pianos and organs went through transition in size and structure making them affordable for the middle class.  Examples of t

Growing on the High Plains episode
8:00 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Solomon Seal

Solomon Seal is not a native plant.  Named for a scarred rhizome that has the appearance of King Solomon's seal, which is known by many as the Star of David.   It is also know for its medicinal use, and is perfect for shaded flower beds on the High Plains.

Learning the Birds episode
8:00 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Shovelers

Is the Looney Tune character Daffy Duck based in reality?  The overall physical characteristics of black feathers, orange webbed feet, and white ring are not found in one species in nature, but his shovel shaped bill is.   That prominent feature, which contributes to his unique speech pattern, builds the case for Daffy being classified as a Northern Shoveler.   

Learning the Birds
11:12 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Buffleheads: The Most Adorable of Ducks

If koalas are cuter than the average bear, then I contend that Buffleheads are most adorable of ducks.  Perhaps we are naturally attracted to black and white creatures, or maybe everything is cuter when it comes in black and white.  The best example I can site is the Bufflehead.  Even the name is cute. 

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Growing on the High Plains episode
8:02 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks thrive in this arid climate we call home.  It does not flower the
first year, but sends up a tall stalk the next that will bloom most of the
summer.  The best time to plant your seeds is late summer, giving it time to
sprout and get established before winter sets in.  The most common disease
is rust, which can be managed by actively removing affected areas or with
chemicals. 

High Plains History episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Naming Mobeetie

The old jail in Mobeetie, Texas

Mobeetie has a long history of firsts.  First established town in the Texas Panhandle, first post office, first court house, first judicial system and jail, first school, and first reported tornado- a killer storm that took seven lives in 1898.  To this day, even though a virtual ghost town, it is considered the,  "mother city,"  of the panhandle.

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High Plains Passport episode
8:00 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Indulging in pupusas in Garden City

My taste buds are still seeking out food from Central America, so I am visiting an El Salvadoran restaurant in Garden City to appease my pupusa craving.

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