• P.J. Griekspoor

    The Question Was Not About Border Security

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 23, 2011

    A farmer from southwest Kansas stood up and asked a very brave question during the business session of the Kansas Commodity Classic on Tuesday. "I hear all this talk about how we have to stop immigrants," he said. "Yet Mennonite immigrants built this state. And the immigrants of recent years have not come to our part of the world to destroy anything. By contrast they are building homes and churches and businesses on Main Street and sending their children to school. But more and more, we…

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    It's Always Fun to Meet People Who Know How It Is

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 21, 2011

    One of the real joys of my life is that from time to time, thanks to my partner, Dave, I get to meet new people that are intersecting his world as they come to Wichita to buy an airplane or get flight training. Tonight, we had a wonderful time talking to David, who just bought a Bonanza, and his flight instructor, Harold. They are from Greenville, S.C., and during the course of the dinner conversation, agriculture came up as a discussion topic. David revealed that about 10 years ago he…

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    OK, We Set a Record. Is It Over Now?

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 11, 2011

    I'd like to think that the worst of winter is behind us now. After all, we're crowding in on the middle of February and while we have a long way until snow is  unlikely, the bitterest cold should be over. We hope. Wednesday night set an all-time record for Feb. 9 in Kansas with an overnight low of 17 below. That's air temperature; figure in the 15 mph wind (which, by Kansas standards is but a breeze) and we hit the real cold that I remember from my formative years in the frozen tundra…

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    Too Little Rain, Too Much Cold

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 6, 2011

    Hard red winter wheat is a resilient crop and has been know to come back from pretty dire circumstances. So don't write it off quite yet. But the crop in western Kansas is in big trouble as the heavy snows that brought badly needed moisture to the rest of the state pretty much missed the western third, maybe even the western half. Randy Hayzlett, who farms in southwest Kansas, says his area has had only minimal precipitation since early September and thousands of acres of wheat did…

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    It Could Be Worse

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 1, 2011

    I was thinking that it's pretty bad outside.  After all, the governor has declared a disaster in 53 counties, the wind is howling and snow is blowing and drifting across the driveway with the clear intention of burying the car. Then I read about today in weather history and it seems the end of January and first of February are famous for this  kind of weather. According to the National Weather Service, Feb. 1 of 1951 brought the worst ice storm in U.S. history, coating a…

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