• P.J. Griekspoor

    Is It Time to Reduce Water Rights?

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 28, 2010

    Western Kansas farmer Stan Townsend says we need to figure out how much we need to reduce the draw on the High Plains aquifer and then reduce water rights until we are there. Townsend said his family has been in Kansas since 1885 and holds some of the earliest water rights permits. But, he said, he is ready to cut usage and other irrigators should be, too. Making those reductions would take an act of the Legislature however, because the rights to water use are based in a law more than…

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    Just What We Need: Another Snowstorm

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 28, 2010

    We're being slammed again. The biggest snow of the season for Wichita is on the way, the weatherman says. And just when I was longing for spring, one of the farmers attending this week's No Till on the Plains conference in Salina had something to say about that, too. "I'm not looking forward to how bad the river flooding is going to be when the snow all melts," he said. Hmmm. Maybe I'm not so anxious for spring after…

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    Vagarities of the Weather Hit Everybody

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 27, 2010

    I just returned to the real world from two days in Airline Travel Hell. This is because of the weather. Only it really shouldn't be the weather. You see, I wanted to go from sunny Wichita, Kansas to sunny Houston, Texas. The problem is, my airline wanted to send me there through stormy Atlanta, Georgia. Now, exactly why anyone should have to travel 1,000 miles east to get 600 miles south is up to the airline gods and way beyond me. But I have done it before and I was prepared to do…

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    Is Kansas System on Water Rights the Right Way to Go?

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 12, 2010

    Kansas Water Appropriations Act is 65 years old. It requires all users of water, other than domestic households, to have a "water right" that specifies how much water is being used and verify that it is being used for a "beneficial purpose." It also requires that the rights holder use the water to which he is entitled every year. Water rights holders who do not use their allocation for five consecutive years lose their right to ever use the water. Does a requirement like this provide a…

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    Water Supplies for Future Are At Risk

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 12, 2010

    The Kansas Water Authority has determined the sedimentation of reservoirs and the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer to be the two biggest priorities the state faces in maintaining adequate water supplies for the future. But there are no easy answers. For more than 30 years, we've talked about the depletion of aquifer as a "crisis." And for 30 years, we've continued to see declines in the water table. The January edition of Kansas Farmer begins a series of articles about water issues in…

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    Ignorance, Romance Attracts Another Entertainer

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 12, 2010

    I just read today's report on singer Sheryl Crow's objection to removing wild mustangs from the arid west to pastures in the Midwest and East. Crow said she's worried that the numbers of the Wild West icon will dwindle until they are extinct. I almost dropped my coffee I was laughing so hard. Until I realized how many people are going to believe this poppycock. It seems the true believers of the "equine rights movement" think the horses are being removed in some rancher land grab…

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    Oh, Yeah, Folks. It's Winter Out There

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 7, 2010

    The wind was blowing so hard that I had to keep both hands on the wheel to avoid being blown off the road as I headed back to Wichita from snowy Topeka today. About six to eight inches of powdery snow was on the ground so gusts of wind brought swirling snow and temporary whiteouts. No wonder it took almost 50 miles into the trip to notice something awesome about the view between blasts. Snow-covered countryside always has a peaceful, Christmas-card kind of look, even at 60 mph with both…

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    With Winter Storm Coming, Topeka Farm Show is Hopping

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 5, 2010

    The annual Topeka Farm and Ranch Show was packed in the morning and busy all day on Tuesday as visitors hurried to take in the show ahead of a severe winter storm, which forecasters say will hit on Wednesday. Sue Schulte with the Kansas Corn Growers Association, said her booth was busy all morning long and many visitors said they were trying to beat the weather. Tom Leffler with Leffler Commodities said he's done good business at this year's show but, he too, was worried that things will…

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