• P.J. Griekspoor

    Rust Threat to Wheat Grows With Warm, Wet Weather

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 30, 2012

    The 2012 Hard Red Winter Wheat crop is progressing toward an early harvest as April ends on a warm, wet note. If farmers manage to miss the hail that is likely from today and tonight's thunderstorm threat -- and the flooding and flash flooding already hitting much of the southeast part of the state -- a promising, if early wheat harvest is in store. Southern Kansas wheat is almost 100% headed. Cooler weather had been forecast for last week, but the actual temperature readings wound up…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Noxious Weed, Sure. But It Has Nothing On Bermuda Grass

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 23, 2012

    The missing winter turned into the early spring this year and all forms of warm weather flora came to life early. Including my annual nemesis, Bermuda Grass. If I haven't mentioned it before, I hate this stuff. Talk kochia and marestail and waterhemp all you want, my definition of weed, courtesy of a long-ago biology teacher is "any plant that is growing where you don't want it." And in my world, that, for sure, is Bermuda grass. The problem is, you can't kill this stuff. You can knock it…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Generosity is Farm Value and It Is Needed Now

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 19, 2012

    There is no farm value more appreciated than that of chipping in to help out the people that nature has whacked. Gov. Sam Brownback completed a tour of the Oaklawn neighborhood in south Wichita on Thursday and issued a plea to all Kansans to help those whose lives were torn apart by last Saturday night's tornadoes and related storms and to volunteer to help with clean-up. As always when storms affect a metropolitan area, the number of people in need is much greater in the urban area, but…

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    On Farm Bill, Washington D.C. Always Offers A New Viewpoint

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 18, 2012

    When it comes to understanding how farm policy making trickles down to farmers, a trip to Washington, D.C. can be highly instructive. In a recent visit to the Capitol, I heard both minority and majority leaders in Congress talk about how work in committees on the Farm Bill is all about posturing and show and not about doing anything substantial. I heard people on both sides of the aisle say that votes that appear to affect the Farm Bill are irrelevant and shouldn't even be considered in…

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