• P.J. Griekspoor

    Questions From Young Minds Can Be Amazing

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 31, 2013

    I never cease to be amazed by some of the questions and requests that come my way courtesy of my crowd of grandchildren, who are growing up so fast and expanding their sphere of knowledge at an amazing rate. An example comes from just one day this week. The phone rings and its fourth-grader Alyssa. “Grandma can you bring me some pipe cleaners and some colored cotton balls? At least three colors?” “Sure, Alyssa,” I say. “I can bring you those. What do…

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    It's No Drought Breaker, But At Least It Rained

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 27, 2013

    It wasn’t much and it’s way too warm for the end of January, but the Wichita area finally got a shower of more than welcome rain on Saturday night and into Sunday – a total of about 0.6 inches in fact. It’s no drought breaker but it sure does help. On the positive front of the warm temperatures, we didn’t have to deal with the ice that my brother tells me is a real hassle on the family farm in northeast Missouri. The flip side of that is with temperatures in…

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    Information Abounds At Ag Research, Technology Conference

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 17, 2013

    We’re learning the latest in  leading edge technology in two days of speakers and demonstrations at the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association annual spring conference in Salina. I am always amazed at the strides that are made year to year in making better use of technology to make ag production more efficient and more profitable. The fascinating program of the afternoon was on telematics, the potential to use wireless communications and advanced sensors to close…

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    New Biggest Worry as Drought Drags On Is Supply of Water

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 8, 2013

        OK, I have a new biggest worry of the day. I’m no longer saying passing a Farm Bill is the most important business ahead. I’m not worrying about the federal deficit. I’m not even worried about Kansas running out of money because nobody is paying taxes. My new worry – and it is a biggie – is about running out of water. I’ve been traveling around the state the last couple of weeks, checking out the state of reservoirs, rivers…

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    Fiscal Cliff, Farm Bill 'Deal' Doesn't Offer Much

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 2, 2013

    As a general rule, I like to think of myself as an optimistic person, working along the lines of Abraham Lincoln’s observation that most people are exactly as happy as they make up their minds to be. I have to admit, that in spite of the shenanigans coming out of Washington to avert a plunge off the “fiscal cliff” and extend the Farm Bill leave me less than excited about the prospects for the coming year. I don’t like feeling pessimistic but I’m finding my…

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