"Knowledge for Life"
4-H Youth
Girl and Goat
Sedgwick County 4-H livestock shows

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, our County Shows looked very different this year. Amid this pandemic, Sedgwick County 4-H decided to have a variation of our livestock shows. This year while adhering to the safety guidelines and requirements passed down from Kansas State and Sedgwick County, our 4-Hers participated in shows via a jump show format.

Our 4-Hers brought their animals to the fairgrounds, showed their animals, and then took them home. Thank you to all sponsors who made these shows possible. Thank you also to the families and the 4-Hers who participated. We had 84 exhibitors with 399 animals.

The show schedule was: July 8th-Horse Show, July 9th- Beef show and Swine Show, July 10th-Sheep, Meat Goat, and Dairy Goat Show, July 11th- Dairy Cow Show. If you missed the shows, they are viewable on the Sedgwick County KS 4-H Facebook group page.
4-H livestock virtual sale

A huge shout out to Gavel Roads Auction Company for the sponsorship and making the virtual sale happen! There was uncertainty going into the sale, but it came together and was a huge success. 4-Hers sold 53 animals; 17 beef, 17 meat goats, 10 sheep, and 9 swine.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sedgwick County 4-H Virtual Livestock Sale on July 11, 2020. You made this possible!
4H Exhibit
4-H showcase exhibits

Due to the current restrictions and fair cancelations, Sedgwick County 4-Her’s showcase exhibits were exhibited at the K-State Research and Extension - Sedgwick County office.

On Monday, July 20th, the exhibits were dropped off, Tuesday, July 21st, the exhibits were judged, and the exhibition concluded on Wednesday, July 22nd with Style Review, Small pets, and demonstrations.

Exhibits were shared via Facebook with photos and live video, please log in to Facebook and see the fantastic talents our 4-Her’s have!
Pond problems and solutions
Many ponds in the area are experiencing algae and weed problems. For information on control, check out: Aquatic Plants and Their Control. For information on Harmful Algae Blooms, visit: Identification and Management of Blue-green Algae in Farm Ponds and Algae Illness, or contact Jeff Seiler: jseiler@ksu.edu, 316-660-0153.
Community Vitality
K-State plans to launch ‘Walk with Ease’ program statewide
Walking people
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University has received a green light to implement a program that will help feed the state’s citizens’ apparent interest in walking their way to good health.

Sharolyn Jackson, the northeast area family and consumer sciences specialist, said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment awarded K-State Research and Extension a grant to introduce the program, Walk with Ease, in the state’s communities. Intended as a six-week program, Walk with Ease is a national program developed by the Arthritis Foundation to encourage Americans to keep active and to improve overall health. Read more
Aging and Medicare
Home and Family
Budgeting for the holidays in August may seem a little extreme, but the benefits can be advantageous for you and those around you materially and emotionally. 

  • Gift Budget: If purchasing gifts is what you like to do, now is an excellent time to start creating a budget specifically for gifts. Make a list of all the people you are giving gifts. Assign them an amount of money and gradually save and put it in an envelope and label it with their name. Observe what things your children or the person you want to give likes. 

  • Be Creative: Another advantage of planning is time to be creative by making items or incorporating the recipient's talents and abilities into gift-giving. For example, if a child likes to cook, purchase or create a simple cookbook. Buy the dry ingredients from one of the recipes and put them in a container wrapped in cellophane. Or if you like to paint, gradually buy brushes, paint, a canvas, and put it in a decorative bag. 

  • Great gift ideas for grandparents or neighbors might be volunteer chore coupons or framed photos. In a clear jar, put the dry ingredient mix from a soup or chocolate recipe in a decorative shape that you can enjoy during the winter season. Be sure to attach the recipe to the container.

The winter holidays are traditionally a time to gather and celebrate with family and friends. Although celebrations may look a little different this year, the expenses will probably be about the same. 
Planning five months out can help with the urge to overspend with the excitement of the season, giving you the ability to control your money instead of your money controlling you. 
Health and Nutrition
Dining with Diabetes Online
Have you been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type II diabetes? Are you a caregiver to someone living with diabetes? Do you need help with making healthy food choices, but don’t know where to start? If so, this is the program for you.

Dining with Diabetes Online, is a self-paced course with healthy food demonstration videos, short readings, recipes, and handouts that will teach you how to manage your diabetes and improve your health. Not only will the course provide motivation and support, it will teach you how to set goals and keep track of your progress.

The course begins on August 17th and runs through September 14th. There is a $25 fee to participate. To register or ask questions, please call Sara Sawer at 316-660-0118. 
Local Food
Growing Growers ICT

Growing Growers ICT is a beginning farmer education program, pairing a season-long apprenticeship with a workshop and farm tour series to train individuals interested in starting fruit and vegetable farms. The program facilitates hands-on farm experience and one-on-one mentorship, and provides technical growing knowledge and business management information. Learn more
Growing Squash - problems and solutions

Squash plants love the hot summer sun, and Kansas has plenty of it! Any vegetable gardener in the state who has been growing for very long will likely have planted some variety of squash. There are a few issues that can pop up when growing squash, but, overall, it is usually pretty easy to grow.

In the Demo garden, we are growing both summer squash and winter squash. Contrary to what the names imply, both types of squash are grown during the heat of summer; one main difference is that summer squash is grown for its young or immature fruit (think zucchini), while winter squash is grown for its fully mature fruit, so it takes longer to be ready (think butternut squash or pumpkins). Summer squash grows in a bushy shape and is generally ready to harvest by mid-summer. When harvested at small sizes, they have a soft, thin skin and unsubstantial seeds and can be eaten raw. Read more 
ICT Food Circle

Looking for a local a local food source? Search the ICT Food Circle directory to find a local farmer, business, restaurant, non-profit, farmers’ market or community garden.
Is your favorite missing? Encourage them to submit a listing!
Healthy Recipe

Serves: 3 Cost/Serving: 0.12 Serving Size: 1/2 cup

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat milk
  • Optional Ingredients: 1 tablespoon peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or finely chopped fruit.

  1. Thinly slice bananas, 1/4 inch thick or less.
  2. Place bananas in a tightly sealed container or zippered bag.
  3. Freeze bananas for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Place frozen bananas in a blender or food processor. Add milk. Blend until thick and creamy. At first banana will look crumbly, then sticky, then creamy. Stir in optional ingredients.
  5. Serve immediately.

  • For larger bananas, add up to 1 tablespoon more of milk.
  • Substitute 2 tablespoons of yogurt for the milk.
  • Leftovers of this ice cream can be froze in the freezer, but the texture will not be the same when thawed.
Lawn and Garden
What's all the buzz with the Green June Beetles?
Green June Beetle
For such a tiny insect, they command your attention. The loud buzzing noises that the Green June Beetle produces mid-flight are intimidating. To make matters worse, they have such a poor sense of flight they often fly right into you when you are outdoors, making you think you are under attack!

The good news is that for as menacing as these beetles may appear, they are relatively harmless, especially humans. The large, loud Green June Beetle is a common summer insect, especially active during the daytime hours of June, July, and August.

The beetles themselves are ¾ to 1 inch long, and metallic green to tan in color. Often you will notice the beetles crashing into windows, siding, or fences, as they have a poor sense of navigation. The beetles rely on a strong sense of smell to detect the pheromones of other beetles, and often if you find one beetle, you will find several. As adults, the beetles primarily feed on ripening fruits and do minimal damage to the plants themselves. The beetles also often take advantage of oozing sap from trees, such as Alcoholic Flux in Willows. By early August, the beetles have laid their eggs for the next generation, and the larvae begin to hatch.

The Green June Beetle larvae are a large grub that can reach up to 1.5 inches in length. The grubs feed primarily on organic matter in the soil but can feed on the roots of turfgrass, damaging the lawn. To make this insect even more unusual, they crawl upside-down on their back if you see them moving above ground after a rain.

If Green June Beetles are active in your yard, don’t be overly concerned. As odd as these insects may be, they typically do minor damage to most plants. If you have fruit crops in your yard that need protection, there are many neem-based products and insecticides that can discourage the beetle feeding on your crops. The most important thing is to carefully read the product label before use, make sure Green June Beetle is listed on the label, and pay close attention to the instructions on the timings between application and crop harvest. For more information please read our Green June Beetle Fact Sheet.
K-State Garden Hour
 K-State Garden Hour continues this fall with a great lineup of new gardening webinars. This free weekly virtual series via Zoom is every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 p.m.

The fall series includes a variety of horticultural topics, related to plant selection, entomology, plant pathology, and integrated pest management.

Whether you are new to gardening or have some experience, you are sure to learn something new. Discussions will be led live by K-State Extension Professionals throughout the state and can accommodate up to 1,000 participants each week
To view more webinars in the series, visit our website. Each event has a separate registration page, click on & register for each webinar that you would like to attend. You can pre-register for each online webinar and access past webinars online.

You can also find, promote and share each webinar on Facebook, via Facebook Events.
K-State News
Kansas State University is actively involved in the fight against COVID-19, including research projects, outreach efforts and faculty experts. The university has launched a website resource with news releases and expert sources organized by topic.
Area of topics include:
This monthly e-newsletter is intended to inform citizens of events, activities and research-based information from K-State Research and Extension Center - Sedgwick County
 7001 W. 21st St. N., Wichita, Kansas 67205

K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer. K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities, and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision or hearing disability, please contact: 
Dr. Brantley, PhD, Extension Director, Sedgwick County 316-660-0105

K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county extension offices, experiment fields, area extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.ksre.ksu.edu