• P.J. Griekspoor

    Drought Pauses With Rain; What Grows Is Disturbing

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 28, 2012

    One thing I noticed this week is that when it rains, vegetation grows. That was a lesson almost forgotten in the blistering hot, incredibly rain-devoid months of drought June, July and most of August. The lawn didn’t grow, the garden flowers barely stayed alive and all the annoying unwanted growth pretty much stood still. Then it rained. Really rained, like 3 inches, rained; enough to put drought on hold for days, maybe even weeks. That was all the unidentified woody shrub that…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    In Drought, Limited Irrigation Is Sensible Choice

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 8, 2012

    Today came yet another announcement in a series of emergency measures to try to help farmers hit hard by this year’s drought. In Kansas, the need for practical policy relief goes well beyond the usual state of emergency to changes that will help farmers who are hit by drought far more frequently than those in the major production regions of the cornbelt. Kansas senior Sen. Pat Roberts sent another letter to the Obama administration on Wednesday, asking for approval for the limited…

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