• Tyler Harris

    Divining Rods Used To Detect More Than Water

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     by Tyler Harris
     on May 31, 2013

    The past couple springs have definitely been a little abnormal. While farmers have been planting later than normal, cattle producers have dealt with a cold, wet calving season. One farmer I visited with recently (I won't mention who) had an unexpected birth during the interview – a treat I don't have the privilege of seeing every day, living in the city. After rushing over to remove the amniotic sac from covering the newborn calf's nose and mouth, the farmer came back and…

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    Watch The Roads This Spring

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     by Tyler Harris
     on May 24, 2013

    It's the end of May, and with it is construction season, and this year, delayed planting. This means more traffic on the highways and more to watch out for, with a higher likelihood of an accident. After an interview last Friday, I was driving east back to Kansas City on I-70 near Paxico, Kansas, when I noticed a line of stopped cars ahead. It turns out there was a series of four accidents in a construction zone, which apparently has had several accidents recently. Several…

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    Similarities to Spring of '89

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     by Tyler Harris
     on May 17, 2013

    After the recent spike in late overnight freeze events we have been experiencing in the Midwest, I hope I don't eat my words in saying it seems that the warm weather is finally here to stay. Kansas City saw 90-degree temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday. I am a little biased, but I have to admit May is my favorite time of year. As many know, this is a busy month, and it can be hard to balance time for graduation parties, weddings – not to mention planting, especially this year…

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    Expansion, Agriculture Closely Tied To One Another

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     by Tyler Harris
     on May 10, 2013

    Last week I finished up the 2013 Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour by visiting the Kansas City Board of Trade – which, as many know, has been acquired by CME Group and will be moved to the Chicago trading floor in July. Since then, I've done some digging into the role the KCBT and Kansas City played on agriculture in the area. The Board of Trade was first organized in 1856, just three years after Kansas City was incorporated. However, it was during the 1870s that Kansas City, and…

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    The Impact Of Drought In Western Kansas

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     by Tyler Harris
     on May 3, 2013

    This week I had the opportunity to meet some great people and see a lot of Kansas I hadn't seen before while taking part in my first Wheat Quality Tour. The tour split up into groups and drove across the state starting in Manhattan, before meeting up in Colby, Wichita and Kansas City on the final day of the tour. The goal is to evaluate the year's hard winter wheat crop and estimate yields across the state, while seeing and learning a lot about Kansas. While gaining a much better…

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