• Tyler Harris

    Keep Your Shovel Handy

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on May 24, 2014

    "I could never figure out what the sky was thinking, but the soil, she don't keep too many secrets." Those are some of the few words of Doc Platter, an elderly Montana rancher in the television series, "King of the Hill." I apologize for the pop culture reference, but Doc's words may have had more wisdom than most of the show's viewers probably realized. There's a reason cover crop gurus like Steve Groff encourage farmers to keep a shovel handy. Dig around…

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    Tour Sees Impact of Drought on Winter Wheat Crop

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on May 3, 2014

    The 2014 Winter Wheat Tour wrapped up in Kansas City Thursday afternoon after 20 car groups traveled throughout Kansas, parts of southern Nebraska, and northern Oklahoma, to evaluate the 2014 hard red winter wheat crop. Out of the total 587 stops, the average calculated yield for the three days was 32.8 bushels per acre – 6.7 less than the 2013 average of 41.1 bushels per acre. As one of the tour participants this year and last year, a noticeable difference is how consistently low…

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