• P.J. Griekspoor

    Sometimes, You Get a Funny Sense of Optimism

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 26, 2011

    There's something about seeing the future generations in agriculture that just can't be beat for farm optimism. Little Galen, now about 30 months old, is the grandson of my life partner, Dave Dewhirst. He and his mommy and daddy, Noel and Rob, came to spend Thanksgiving with us from their home in Lawrence, where both are deeply engaged in academia from management issues to IT security and are connected to the University of Kansas, which for those of you who don't follow Kansas college life…

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    New Drought Monitor Map Not Encouraging

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 16, 2011

    Less of Kansas is in exceptional drought this week than last. That is the good news, thanks probably to the widespread rains that moved across the area about a week ago. But the bad news is still with us. The area of Kansas that is some kind of drought, abnormally dry to exceptional drought, is up. All but six counties now have some area in a drought designation. For south-central Kansas, where heavy rains a week ago were highly welcomed, the exceptional drought has backed off, leaving us…

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    It's Raining! It's Raining!

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 7, 2011

    More than an inch of rain has fallen across parched south-central Kansas today in the first day of rain since we got about 3/4 of an inch on Oct. 8. It is a welcome soaking for the winter wheat crop and the native prairie and downpours have even generated some runoff that will help the pasture ponds. With temperatures at near-freezing overnight, there won't be much chance for anything to really get growing before the winter winds blow, but anything in the profile is better than nothing…

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    Have I Mentioned I Hate Leukemia?

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 2, 2011

    Tonight, I got an e-mail update. A little friend who has fought leukemia since he was four months old, died tonight in his mother's arms. His tiny body was cancer-free but so ravaged by treatments that he died of side effects. He was 32 months old. This disease is so horrible. My daughter has another friend who is just beginning the process of fighting. Their 2-year-old has AML, the same disease that took the life of baby Lucas Flint, the son of my colleague at Illinois Prairie Farmer…

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