As my family is in the depths of the fall harvest season, the landscape all around us is beginning its annual preparation for winter. The colors surrounding our farm have begun their yearly transition and serve as a visual reminder that we have entered a new season: Fall.
Having always been a bit silly and highly spirited (aka ADHD) I grew up hearing people tell me to act my age. It always confused me. What does 8 act like? I don’t mean developmentally because I never had an issue with that. I mean behaviorally. What does 12 act like? What does 16 act like? Sometimes my friends would tell me to act my age, not my IQ. That was a given. I mean seriously, who wants to act between 125 and 135 on any given day? Then again, what does 125 act like??
Lost or abandoned dogs appear all summer long. We see them in our neighborhoods, we see them on the highways and we see them in the city dog shelter. Lincoln Area Humane Society has found rescues or shelters for 38 of these frightened and hungry dogs since our group began. This year alone we have helped 12 dogs find safe and compassionate care.
October is the beginning of cooler air and shorter days, longer sleeves, jeans vs. shorts and football. October is pumpkins – pumpkins to bake, pumpkins to carve, funny pumpkins, scary pumpkins and pumpkin spice in everything digestible. Every four years October is Election-Eve month with last minute mud-slinging, unfair propaganda, promises no one can keep and sometimes heated disagreements between friends.
I think I have mentioned once or twice that I’m tearing my house apart so I can participate in the BIG SALE event October 3. That’s not really the name of it but that’s what it is - a big sale. A sale that extends into four communities in three counties. I can’t tell you how much I hope people have money left by the time they get to my house!
Pride is a strange beast. We are taught as children that pride is not a desirable state of mind. It is boastful, smug, even foolish. At times it looks like a prideful person thinks way too highly of themselves, their possessions, or even their intelligence.
September is the bridge between summer and fall. The sun’s angle is still high enough to provide plenty of warmth, but its light fades faster in the evening. Cottonwoods are already dropping golden leaves. Football seasons are underway even if tailgating is on hiatus for the year. And across Kansas, September is when fall harvest starts in earnest. For those of us not working in the fields, the most visible sign of harvest will be combines, tractors, grain carts and other slow-moving implements on the road. Remember to be on the lookout for these vehicles. Take your time and pass only when it’s safe. Like you, farmers are anxious to be off the road and at their destination.
If you were around Lincoln a few years ago, you would have noticed a lot of cats. There were stray cats and kittens in many areas of town, particularly downtown. It was a big problem! The Lincoln Area Humane Society decided to do something about the feline problem in town. Realizing that an unspayed female, her mate and offspring will produce 376 kittens in just 3 years, the answer was right there. We needed to start a TNR program
This issue of the Sentinel includes the introduction of a new design for the Op/Ed page. Each week we will include an editorial written by our staff or by a guest, about issues relevant to life in Lincoln County.
Producers are busy working out in the field on their forage sorghum or sudan, however, don’t forget to check for nitrates! The potential for high nitrate concentrations occurs when crops such as corn, sorghum, cereal grains and some grasses are exposed to drought, hail, frost, cloudy weather, or soil fertility imbalance. Nitrates accumulate in the lower portion of the plant when stresses reduce the crop yield to less than that expected based on the supplied nitrogen fertility level. When fed to livestock, nitrates interfere with the ability of the blood to carry oxygen. Forages that contain high levels of nitrates can cause death, though not as quickly as prussic acid poisoning. In fact, some animals can adapt to increasing amounts of nitrate in feed. If cows are exposed to high levels of nitrate, there is a medication that can be given to them. All livestock are susceptible to nitrate toxicity, but cattle and horses are affected most often.