• P.J. Griekspoor

    OK, It's Cheesy, But I Couldn't Stop Myself; I Got An Autograph

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 25, 2011

    I admit it. I'm one of those geeky people who collect autographs. So, today at No-till on the Plains, when I got a chance to meet Steve Wozniak and collect his autograph, I couldn't resist. I stood in line with a couple hundred other people, all clutching something appropriate for autograph and waited my turn to say something to one of the inventors of the computer age as we know it. He was an enormously pleasant man who started the day's discussion with "no time limits for me, let's…

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    Good News For Ethanol

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 21, 2011

    The ethanol industry, which includes Kansas corn and sorghum growers, got a boost today when EPA announced approval of a 15% blend of ethanol for cars 2001 and newer, about 62% of the American passenger fleet. It's a great start to getting more ethanol and less Middle Eastern oil in our fuel supply and to keeping our dollars in America instead of shipping them to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Now, on to blender pumps, more flex fuel vehicles and E-85 for…

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    Whatever Weather Does, This is Doldrums Time of Year

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 17, 2011

    This is the time of winter discontent. Oh, the heck with the winter of OUR. . . discontent and all that other literary stuff. Farmers know that late January and early February is the awful time of the year. Christmas and New Years and shiny resolutions are over. It is a long, long time until spring. So here we are in the sometimes snowy, often cold, ever windy, mostly cloudy, just plain YUCK!! season of the year. And I do have some ideas to offer -- although mind you none of this applies to…

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    It's Snowing, It's Drifting, It's Miserable, But It Really Is Not Moist

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 10, 2011

    It is easy to feel miserable with the weather conditions outside; high winds, blowing snow, bitter cold. And the thing that should make it bearable -- at least we're getting badly need moisture -- isn't that comforting, considering that this light, powdery, dry snow doesn't have much moisture content. In fact, the four inches that has fallen in the Wichita area is projected to have added a paltry .25 inches to our rain profile. Temperatures on Tuesday night are expected to drop below…

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    You Hear About Dry, But Until You See It, You Don't Get It

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 7, 2011

    I drove out to Stafford County today for the first of my six interviews with this year's Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker Award stories and on the return trip, I got a reminder that this has been an extraordinarily dry fall and winter in central Kansas. Just west of Hutchinson, I had to pull off to the side of the road as gusty northwest winds picked up the topsoil from fields and hurled them across the road, temporarily cutting visibility to near zero. DUSTY DAY: Blowing dirt…

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    It's Hard To Believe Snow Is On The Way

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 6, 2011

    It's been a strange December, vacillating between incredibly warm and blustery cold with nary a drop of moisture in sight, the 10th driest December on record, the weather gurus say. But now, there is snow in the forecast for Sunday and Monday, with up to 6 inches expected to accumulate on the ground as a winter storm moves through. It seems incredible today, with sunny skies a high pushing 60, but single digit cold and sub-zero windchills are expected to hit over the weekend. The mere…

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