A conversation with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam, Joe Carpenter and Barb Downey talking about what the land means to them.
The video will remain on the website for future viewing.
Creative Director, Shreepad Joglekar
The rocky, rolling terrain of the Flint Hills may be unsuitable for cultivated crops, but it excels at growing nutritious grass for cattle. Ranchers have a vested interest in preserving the tallgrass prairie for grazing, but the scenic views this stewardship provides are appreciated by all who visit.
What looks like a homogeneous ocean of grass is actually a complex ecosystem. The diversity of plant life has allowed the prairie to thrive – or at least survive – during times of drought and low rainfall. In high-stress climates, a single plant type or a monoculture would have died, but together they are more resistant. The tallgrass prairie is made up of many grass species and forbs (flowering plant species that are not grasses) with root systems of different depths. What you see above ground is only half the story. Prairie roots can extend eight to fourteen feet below the surface.
The Wabaunsee County Historical Museum’s current exhibit Hay, Hay, Hay explores grass as an important natural resource in Wabaunsee County. Be sure to visit!