• P.J. Griekspoor

    Back to the Broiler

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 27, 2011

    Yes, New Orleans (leaving today after attending Ag Media Summit) is hot and steamy. But in checking in for my flight, I got routed automatically to weather in Wichita and a reminder that I am returning to the broiler that South Central Kansas has become this season. I know how many of my readers are struggling with trying to figure out how to manage planning for the coming year with lost fall crops and the prospect of "at least" another week of 100-plus temps and breezy conditions that…

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    110 Under Sunny Skies

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 20, 2011

    The governor is having a "water summit" on Thursday, so I drove out to Colby this afternoon -- a chance to drive across sunny Kansas and see the land as it looks along I-70, the more or less dividing line between somewhat green and burned up. As I drove east to west, the temperature climbed, topping out at about 110 degrees about 4:30 when I left Hays. There is green to be seen, even in dryland fields this far north, but it is rapidly disappearing as triple-digit heat, brisk winds and no…

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    And Here We Are For Another Week

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 19, 2011

    We've been blistering under 100+ degrees for a couple of weeks now with more in the forecast. I don't know how people manage to take this day to day out in the fields, watching everything just dry up. My friend Mary Knapp, state climatologist at K-State told me about the problem with this heat and wind. It is about trans-location, she said, the process by which plants move water from their roots to their leaves and stalks. In this heat and wind, she said,  trans-evaporation is so great…

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    It Happened Again: The Thunderstorm That Didn't

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 12, 2011

    It looked so welcome. After a day of sporadic clouds and a high of "only" 99 degrees, we appeared to be getting lucky. Heavy dark clouds rolled in. There were bolts of lightning and crashes of thunder. The clouds rolled on. The sky cleared. Nary a drop of rain fell. The forecast: A cooling trend continues for tomorrow, only 97 for a high, whoo-hoo! Then we're back to triple digits for the rest of the week. Rain…

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    Now, This is HOT!

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 11, 2011

    I am always amazed at the fortitude of children. As the sizzling heat hit a record 111 degrees yesterday, our crowd gathered at Old Cowtown Museum to celebrate Jackson's fourth birthday. The theme was dinosaurs. In  my opinion, even T-Rex would have found a cool cave to crawl into. But not the dozen Griekspoor grandkids and friends in this group. Who can stay inside where it's air conditioned when there are rope swings to tackle and boardwalks to run on? We wisely didn't attempt…

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    Now The Bashing Begins

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 5, 2011

    I received an invitation of sorts in my inbox today. The American Enterprise Institute is offering to teach me "What You Need to Know" about the 2012 Farm Bill. Predictably, the message is payments geared to helping farmers are bad, bad, bad, and worse. They are exceeded in evil only by the idea of subsidizing anything about ethanol, which does not make the cut for the organization's list of environmentally friendly products or renewable fuels. Coming up July 12-15, the AEI will hold a…

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