• P.J. Griekspoor

    Just As Flood Waters Recede, More Rain Is Coming

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 29, 2009

    Just as the flood waters begin to go down, the storm clouds are moving in and farmers are getting braced for the next wave. So far, there seems to be general agreement that standing water was of short enough duration that the wheat crop might have escaped with only minor damage. But repeated problems with streams that overflow are not making anybody smile and farmers who had newly planted corn fields flooded will probably be looking at replanting -- provided of course that it dries out in…

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    More Evidence That Kansas State Is Right Location for NBAF

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 28, 2009

    Even as Texas continues to whine and threaten lawsuits over the choice of Kansas State University for the new National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, a quiet announcement offers a clear reason why Manhattan stood out to the federal authorities who picked the site. On May 6, the K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will host an open house to allow the public a firsthand look at the new layout and equipment in its upgraded and expanded molecular diagnostic laboratory. Experts will be on hand to…

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    Flooding Hits Much of Kansas After Six Inches of Rain

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 27, 2009

    The TV weatherman tells us that the widespread flooding across 20 Kansas counties isn't "serious." So far, it is "only agricultural land" that is affected. It drives me crazy when they say that. If even ONE downtown business was flooded, it would be major. But because it is a farm business that is inundated, it's not serious. The jury is still out on how many acres of wheat are now standing in water but the next 48 hours, when even more rain is forecast could bring widespread river…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Blessings Don't Always Arrive at Convenient Times

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 13, 2009

    My first instinct on Easter morning was to be upset that it was raining and likely to rain all day. Easter at my house meant dinner for 13 adults and nine children and I had big plans for an Easter egg hunt outdoors on the lawn after dinner. I wasn't especially thrilled to think of not being able to send the kids outside to run off the sugar high of Easter bunny treats. But just as I started to complain, I started to think about how badly we need rain and I immediately felt guilty. It…

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