• P.J. Griekspoor

    I Wish Everyone Who Mistrusts Farmers Could Have Been With Me Today

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 26, 2010

    There are a lot of people out there that don't trust farmers to do what is right for the land. I wish they could have been on the tour bus with me this afternoon as the Residue Alliance of South Central Kansas toured five farms where the commitment to take care of the soil is rock solid. As the bus took off from South Barber High School's parking lot for the first stop, we drove past a "clean" field and the comments were non-stop: All you need is that sight to make you understand no-till…

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    Really, Is There Anything Cuter Than Little Kids on the First Day of School?

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 23, 2010

    Today, we finally got rolling on the REAL first week of school; the one where all the kids go every day of the week. Last week was one day after another of disappointment for one kid or another as the school staggered Pre-K and Kindergarten to get all the kids adjusted for everybody being there. My grandkid numbers in school now include a 4th grader, a 2nd grader, a kindergartner and a Pre-K. Plus two little boys, one three and one almost 3 who see no reasonable answer to why their…

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    OK, Maybe This Is REALLY The End of the Heat

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 23, 2010

    This just might finally be it -- the end of the triple digit heat that has quite frankly seemed endless for the last month or so. We had a respite about a week ago and everybody was kind of celebrating. Until, that is, the steamy 100-plus stuff rolled right back in. But tonight's radar looks like thunderstorms will precede a massive cold front that just might be the first signal that summer is going to draw to a close. Of course, we still have two weeks until the Kansas State Fair and…

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    Paul Penner In Spotlight To Talk Wheat Prices

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 14, 2010

    Our own Paul Penner, President of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, was in the spotlight early Friday morning on CNBC's Squawk Box program. Penner talked about the volatility of wheat prices because of Russia's announcement that it will not have enough wheat to export and other adverse weather news around the globe. Penner writes a regular column, View From the Hill, for Kansas Farmer. Don't miss September's column where he talks about his own wheat harvest and the birth of his…

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    Lots to See, Lots to Learn, But Oh, Boy, Is It Hot

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 10, 2010

    I was in Great Bend today for an Agriculture Technology Day that offered a variety of booths and vendors of products that might help farmers improve their efficiency at tasks from planting to spraying to harvesting. The turnout was remarkable, especially considering that the temperature hit 100 degrees by noon. But hey, what better reason for a demonstration ride than than an air conditioned cab? The Expo ground buildings were HOT, but farmers still gathered to learn about social…

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    Heat Warning Continues Through End of Weekend; Livestock Danger Extreme

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 9, 2010

    Kansas continues to bake under a broiling August sun that many folks find far more typical of past Kansas weather than the cool, wet August days of the last couple of years. As a result, the fall crops that flourished in the '08 and '09 are not doing so well this year. In Barton County, Extension Ag Agent Rick Snell, says farmers have probably already lost up to 20 bushels per acre of soybean yields and are losing another bushel a day for every day that it doesn't rain. And there's no…

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    Hot, Hot and More Hot

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 7, 2010

    One thing you can say for Kansans: they know when to put on a straw hat with a wet towel underneath and hunker down to endure. And that's exactly the mode that most of the state is in as we continue to bake in 100-plus temperatures with higher humidity than we would like thanks to the abundant rain of the early summer. For those who planted fall crop early and are near harvest, this heat may be a yield robber but it won't be devastating. For those who double-cropped behind wheat…

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    Winds Are Calm, Heat Index at 101 Degrees

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 4, 2010

    Wasn't it just a week or so ago that we were practically floating away? Not anymore. After two weeks of temperatures in triple digits, just about all the water around is water vapor now, triggering occasional pop-up thunderstorms that have spurred occasional hail and a few tornado warnings. And today, with the temperature right at 100 degrees and the dewpoint at 66, the official wind speed is "calm." That is not good news for cattle in the feedlots or the people who tend them. Just…

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