• P.J. Griekspoor

    Repeated Cold Blasts Add to Winter Wheat Crop Concerns

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 27, 2014

    OK, grammar gurus out there. What is the plural of vortex? Vortexes or vortices? However, you spell it, I sure am sick of the polar variety of the above. Yes, I am a bit of a wimp for complaining about merely being slammed with periodic near-zero or sub-zero temperatures made worse by 60 mph winds when my colleagues elsewhere are also getting hit with a foot or two of snow, along with zero-degree temps and high winds. I think maybe it isn’t just the bitter cold, it’s also the…

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  • Tim White

    Winter Wheat Crop On The Edge

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on July 10, 2013

      A month ago everything was going well for Ohio’s soft red winter wheat crop. Winter provided few problems and the cool wet spring helped fill out the heads. Reports of early harvest in southern Ohio in late June indicated a big crop with a decent test weight and good yields. Then it was like the pumps on a fountain were turned on and the rain systems began pulling water out of the gulf and piping it straight north to the Eastern Corn Belt where it has been spraying from the…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Different Soils, Different Winter Wheat

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on June 28, 2013

    It's well-known that the dominant wheat in Kansas is hard red winter wheat, the primary ingredient in most of the nation's bread, which also accounts for 40% of U.S. wheat exports, according to kswheat.com. However, what is often overlooked is soft red winter wheat, which is found in the eastern-most part of the state, especially the southeast corner. I recently discovered about half of the 72,000 wheat acres in Cherokee County – the southeastern-most county in Kansas &ndash…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Kansas Wheat Harvest Moving Fast And It's A Good Thing

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 27, 2013

    One of the really cool things about sharing your life with a pilot is you get to do things like I did Wednesday afternoon – take to the skies for a look at Kansas wheat harvest from high above it all. We took off from the Newton Metro North airport with ground temperatures above 100 degrees and it didn’t take long to be grateful that the plane was air conditioned. Even at 6,500 feet, it was a hot day. But the fields of ripe wheat mingled with pastureland, fields of…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Does Monsanto Own Oregon's Glyphosate-Resistant Wheat?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 6, 2013

    Who owns the glyphosate-resistant wheat that was discovered in Oregon? Monsanto? The farmer? I’d like to know, because after the market settles down, I might like to buy some seed. Weed control would be pretty cheap and convenient with glyphosate-resistant wheat. Some reports say USDA identified the wheat as the same variety that Monsanto tested in Oregon 10 years ago. Monsanto says it isn’t the same strain. Nevertheless, the case got me thinking that maybe I…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Wheat Fields Have White Heads Among Green in Central Region

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 4, 2013

    I was driving across Kansas last week and took note of what I at first thought was the changing color of wheat of in Stafford  and Barton County. A closer look, however, revealed that the wheat isn’t really ripening in that area. It is freeze-damaged. The first clue was that the color is not so much gold as white. And there’s an awful lot of green heads in those fields. In south central Kansas, around Wichita and points south, there is a distinct, uniform gold…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Expansion, Agriculture Closely Tied To One Another

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on May 10, 2013

    Last week I finished up the 2013 Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour by visiting the Kansas City Board of Trade – which, as many know, has been acquired by CME Group and will be moved to the Chicago trading floor in July. Since then, I've done some digging into the role the KCBT and Kansas City played on agriculture in the area. The Board of Trade was first organized in 1856, just three years after Kansas City was incorporated. However, it was during the 1870s that Kansas City, and…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Custom Cutters Kick Off Wheat Harvest with Safety Focus

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 1, 2013

    I was in Colby a couple of days ago as the U.S. Custom Harvesters kicked off the 2013 wheat harvest season with their annual safety seminar. This time last year, several of the crews were already headed into Texas to cut an unseasonably early wheat crop that continued to run ahead of schedule right through a Kansas harvest that was complete before Father’s Day. This year, the crop is as late as last year was early, with yet another freeze in the forecast tonight. But the…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Extent of Wheat Damage From Freeze Uncertain

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 24, 2013

    The percentage of the Kansas wheat crop adversely impacted by freeze damage is expected to go up substantially in the days ahead. It will take several days after the weather warms up to get a handle on just how much damage was done when the temperature hit a record 25 degrees in Wichita  in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, but there is no doubt that the wheat crop is far enough along in south central Kansas that damage is inevitable. Just about all of Kansas was hit with…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Wheat Dreams Are Sweet

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 17, 2013

    There’s plenty of reason to be optimistic that we can produce more wheat to feed the world’s growing population, says Randy Englund, executive director of the South Dakota Wheat Commission and South Dakota Wheat, Inc. Average yields in South Dakota increased from 6.5 bushels per acre in 1900 to nearly 40 bushels per acre in 2012. If South Dakota’s average wheat yield were to increase as much in the next 112 years, yields in 2124 would be 246 bushels per acre…

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