Kutna Hora: Bone Church

30 May

The city of Kutna Hora has some very rare and strange attractions. The Bone Church is a church in Kutna Hora with a cemetery surrounding it. During the Bubonic Plague grave space was limited so the Bohemians found an interesting way to make space. A blind Monk stacked bones in the basement of the church and they were later used for decoration. 40-70,000 skeletons were used in the construction of this artwork.DSCF0124 DSCF0127ImageImage

Rabbit Trhovey Stepanov

30 May

During Our tour in the Czech Republic we had the opportunity to visit the famous Rabbit Farm.

Rabbit is a company that was founded in 1991 and the major emphasis is meat production of rabbits, chickens, and pigs. they also specialize in crop production including cereal grains: wheat and barley. Another crop produced in Czech is Canola, but since GMOs are prohibited for human consumption in the European Union they are used for bio fuel instead of cooking oil. During our visit to Rabbit we watched videos on the processes used and then we visited one of their dairy farms. It was very interesting to go to rabbit because they not only raise livestock, but they also process and sell the finished product.ImageDSCF0082Image 

Day 2

29 May

So Tuesday was our second day in Czech and the first official day of the program. We had a opening dinner, the food was delicious, we were served chicken, ham, cheese and potatoes. At dinner we had an awesome opportunity to mingle with the Czech students. The hospitality here at Czech University of Life Sciences has been amazing. Today we will be traveling to a processing farm and to the Bone Church in Kutna Hora. This will be our first excursion into the Czech Republic away from the college.

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Pilsner Urquell

27 May

Pilsner Urquell

.5 Liters, Beer in Czech is cheaper than water.

Day 1: Arrival in Prague

27 May

Dobry Den (Hello),

So the last 23 hours have been very busy and fun. We flew out of OKC at 2:30 pm Sunday connected flights in Chicago and London to Prague. We arrived today at 1:30 pm and checked in at the Czech University of Life Sciences. This evening we are just relaxing and trying some of the food and the Czech beer. Tomorrow we will  tour the campus and the city of Prague. I will keep everyone updated on our journey.

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Czech Republic:International Study Tour in Agricultural Education

14 May

czechCZECH TRIPCzech Republic:International Study Tour in Agricultural Education

An experiential learning course featuring an international travel component. Provides an integrated approach to studying the agriculture, education, natural resources, culture, history, government, economy, and religion of a particular region. Special emphasis placed upon formal and informal educational programs focusing on agriculture and natural resources.

 

I will be blogging daily while I am in Europe, I will post pictures, schedules, and fun facts and information we learn along the way =)

I leave the U.S. on May 26 and return June 13.

Aphids: Oklahoma Crop Pests.

5 May

In Oklahoma wheat, canola, and Alfalfa fields are being invaded by a very tiny pest.

Aphids are soft bodied insects that are capable of multiplying rapidly. The most distinguishing characteristics that they possess are their stylet-like mouthparts and a pair of tublike structures that project from their abdomen, called cornicles. Aphids may be winged or wingless and they usually reproduce asexually, giving birth to live young through a process called parthogenesis in which all the young are females. They grow by shedding their skin, which leaves a “ghost-like skeleton on the leaf.

Aphids feed by sucking plant juices. Some aphids like the greenbug and Russian wheat aphid possess toxic substances in their saliva that causes the plant to become distorted or injured. Others are able to transmit plant diseases. There are five common aphids that attack winter wheat in the Great Plains. They are the Bird cherry-oat aphid, the Corn leaf aphid, the English grain aphid, the Greenbug, and the Russian wheat aphid.

Several species of aphids may infest canola and mustard crops including cabbage aphid, green peach aphid, and turnip aphid.

Beneficial insects like Lacewings and lady beetles prey on aphids and help reduce the pest population.

(Information from http://entoplp.okstate.edu)

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