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2011-11-23 12:12:02

Blossom end rot on tomatoes and cucumbers, bitter-pit in apples — these unpleasant blemishes on fruits and vegetables not only compromises the flavor but also causes significant harvest losses every year. The characteristic blotches and spotting can be traced back to insufficient calcium uptake or faulty calcium transport within the plant. Consequently, the damage can occur even if the soil provides sufficient calcium. A team under the leadership of scientists from the University of...

2008-07-19 12:00:28

Gardeners look forward to the county fair because it's an opportunity to show off the produce they have grown. County fairs throughout the area accept entries from 4-Her's and the general public in their horticulture divisions. The Shawnee County Fair, which is July 24 through 27, has open- class competition in fruits and vegetables as well as flowers and potted plants. Entries will be received between 1 and 6 p.m. July 24 in Exhibition Hall at the Kansas Expocentre. Call the local...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'