It was a very warm day today but really windy. The Flint Hills has a fire advisory so controlled burning is at a halt in this area. I really dislike controls burns because smoke gets in my eyes and lungs but controlled burns are an absolute necessity. A few times I have been in areas where the fire has made driving hazardous and almost the burning gave Wichita EPA compliance issues last year. Hopefully the EPA can exempt the Flint Hills from the EPA standard at least for this time of the year.

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It is interested to see the cattle so unconcerned with the fire burning around them. I will try to take a picture this year.

Some of the fruit trees are blooming and I am hoping that the storm in the west does not come this way and create another snow storm.


I did manage to get some of the potatoes planted. There are close to 4000 different varieties of potatoes and the Washington State University has a website with a Comprehensive Alphabetical List of 575 Varieties. Today I planted Red Norland, Yukon Gold and Goldrush Russet. What I am really excited about and I am still waiting for is my order of Benjie potatoes.