• P.J. Griekspoor

    My Cat Is Suffering A Nervous Breakdown

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 26, 2010

    It's been kind of a crazy time around here lately, with me gone a bunch for the State Fair and Husker Harvest Days and Dave gone with out-of-town trips. All the unusual coming and going has sent my cat, Gidget, a one-year-old Scottish Fold calico, around the bend. Last night, she insisted on sleeping on my head. Not on the pillow above me, literally on my head. I kept waking up with a mouthful of fur. And now she is dashing up and down the stairs, alternately leaping on my desk and my…

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    Home Again and Damage Is Less Than Feared

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 16, 2010

    All day long, driving back from Husker Harvest Days, my mind was on how much damage I would find at my home and those of my kids from Wednesday night's storms which brought hail, wind, heavy rain and tornadoes to the Wichita area. I was pretty relieved to find out it doesn't look that bad. One pick-up truck -- really questionable, hit by flash flooding AND hail. Roofs on two houses need inspection and one has some pretty substantial trim and gutter damage. Fence panels blown down at…

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    Feeling Right at Home at Husker Harvest Days

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 15, 2010

    Greetings from Husker Harvest Days. Walking the show yesterday, it was fun to see how many Kansas farmers -- and Kansas businesses -- are a part of the show. SPF, a  Leawood company specializing in fertilizer treatments is here and so is Ryan Hammes of Seneca, who is showing his AgSynergy dual placement feritlizer applications. Both have some brand new products that you'll be hearing more about in future editions of Kansas Farmer. And I don't know if it was just to make me feel at…

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    The World Is A Different Place In the Eyes of a Child

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 13, 2010

    As a longtime mom and experienced grandma, I've come to expect, as Art Linkletter used to love to prove, "kids say the darnedest things." Yesterday, I took three of my progeny in tow for a day of discovery at the State Fair -- story ideas and contacts for me, education for them. But even in the publicity office, as we stowed extra gear and gathered schedules to determine our general attack pattern, it became obvious that communication might be an issue. Several years ago, the Fair…

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    Interesting Numbers on Ethanol in Kansas

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 11, 2010

    Growth Energy presented a forum today at the Kansas State Fair to advance their push for legislation that would help build out the infrastructure and let the industry grow to full potential. They presented some interesting numbers: -- In 2009, Kansas produced 400 million gallons of ethanol. -- Ethanol plants bought 170 million bushels of corn and grain sorghum, with one-third of that being returned to the market as high-protein animal feed. -- Kansas farmers grew 822 bushels of…

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    A Picture-Perfect Day at Kansas State Fair

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 11, 2010

    Today was about as good as it gets in Kansas weather. And it was even better because it was the opening weekend of the Kansas State Fair. I had a great day at the Fair, in part because it was Legislators' Day and I always like reconnecting with the lawmakers who make it to the Fair year and year out. And standing around eavesdropping on the conversations of farmers with those lawmakers is great fun. And who can argue with clear skies, a light breeze, temperature topping out at…

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    Rain, Cooler Weather Ushers In What Feels Like Fall Mornings

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 8, 2010

    A message hit me in the face as I stepped off my front porch this morning: Fall is coming. It's been so hot for so long that I'd almost forgotten what that first cool, breezy indication of the change of seasons feels like. I love autumn and I look forward to its cool mornings and warm afternoons. But I am also reminded that another year is slipping rapidly away. It always makes me want to take a little more time in the garden among the flowers, let the grandkids make another batch of…

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