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Honey bees can be a rewarding hobby but Norman Gary, author of “Honey Bee Hobbyist,” asks that you do one thing before you jump in. Visit an allergist to be certain you aren’t allergic to bee stings. Proper handling of bees will lessen your chances of getting stung, but, inevitably, it will …

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Few books I’ve read would be considered life-changing.

Dirt to Soil,” by soil health evangelist and North Dakota farmer Gabe Brown is one of them.

Brown, who farms in Burleigh County, North Dakota, is legendary in the modern soil health fraternity. He and his wife, Shelly, began farming alongside her parents in 1981. The land was farmed conventionally at the time—limited crop rotation and full tillage. Gabe started a Gelbvieh cowherd, grazing the herd similarly to his neighbors. He realized that farming and ranching conventionally wasn’t going to pay the bills. He began no-till farming in 1994, incorporating practices proven by no-till guru Dwayne Beck, from South Dakota.

Brown began farming regeneratively, learning that no-till could help him decrease input costs for fertilizer and weed control. But it wasn’t a panacea.

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It would have been fascinating to work at the John Deere plow company in 1912, when more than 50 manufacturers had already built motorized tractors, trying to boost speed and efficiency for the nation’s 6.3 million farmers.

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Almost every Kansan knows that Cawker City is home to the World’s Largest Ball of Sisal Twine. Did you know, however, that the hassock (an ottoman that can also store stuff) was invented in the same community? Or that Richardson Manufacturing, maker of the AD Flex blade plow and mulch treade…

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Dale Strickler was a keynote speaker at High Plains Journal’s inaugural Soil Health U in January. He mentioned that he had written a book called “The Drought Resilient Farm,” to be published in June. We wanted a crack at reviewing the book and my review copy came a few weeks ago.