• P.J. Griekspoor

    Still Recoiling From Horror of Moore; It Could Have Been Us

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 22, 2013

    There have been 48 long hours now to try to grasp the magnitude of what happened to Moore, Okla. Just 24 hours before a massive tornado struck the town about 200 miles to our south, my family and I were hunkered down in the basement of my northeast Wichita home while we listened to updates of a “massive, destructive wedge tornado on the ground approaching Mid-Continent Airport.” The home that I own in West Wichita sits on the northwestern final approach path to…

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    Winter Wheat Looking Good; Reservoirs Still Show Drought Impact

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 15, 2013

    Driving around south-central Kansas to get a look at the progress of the winter wheat crop confirms one piece of good news: freeze damage in this part of the state appears to be minimal in spite of a couple of very cold nights. Probably a solid half of the wheat is either headed out or beginning to head and most of the fields I saw had only a few, if any, telltale white heads that indicate the growing point was damaged by unseasonably late freezes on April 24 and again on May…

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    Custom Cutters Kick Off Wheat Harvest with Safety Focus

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 1, 2013

    I was in Colby a couple of days ago as the U.S. Custom Harvesters kicked off the 2013 wheat harvest season with their annual safety seminar. This time last year, several of the crews were already headed into Texas to cut an unseasonably early wheat crop that continued to run ahead of schedule right through a Kansas harvest that was complete before Father’s Day. This year, the crop is as late as last year was early, with yet another freeze in the forecast tonight. But the…

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