• P.J. Griekspoor

    No-Till on the Plains Draws Large Turnout

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 29, 2009

    Kansas escaped enough of the ice storm that the annual winter No-Till on the Plains conference in Salina was packed on Tuesday and Wednesday, although many participants from other states no doubt made it to the conference before the worst of the weather hit on Monday and Tuesday.   As usual, it’s good to see the turnout of people willing to embrace new technology and farming methods to improve both productivity and the environment. And it was good to see so many farmers willing to share…

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    Compliance, Enforcement of New EPA Rules Problematic

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 20, 2009

    There are regulations that make sense. Then there are regulations that just don't.   The latest from EPA, which arguably has made any number of inexplicable decisions, has me scratching my head and the National Pork Producers filing a lawsuit.   I am talking about the new regulation on confined animal operations which require notifying community emergency responders when you have a "release" of more than 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide or ammonia.   The idea, state EPA officials told me…

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    Wake Up NCBA, It Wasn't Ethanol

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 16, 2009

    The National Cattleman's Beef Association says it supports "second generation" ethanol, which does not use corn or other 'feed and food' products.   Ethanol made from corn, they say, drove up the price of corn and therefore their price of doing business and, even to the current day, is affecting the cost of feeder cattle.   I guess they missed the news flash – it wasn't ethanol, folks. Corn prices skyrocketed and that hurt your bottom line. But it wasn't ethanol that raised those prices…

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    It's Official: A Lot of People Did Not Plant Wheat

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 13, 2009

    Official numbers from the Agricultural Statistics Service now back up what farmers have suspected for months. A lot of people didn't plant wheat.   The sowed acreage is 9 million in Kansas – the lowest wheat acres in decades and about 600,000 less than last year.   The double whammy of wet fall weather and high input costs made many farmers decide wheat wasn't for them this year.   Those who did plant wheat face some pretty tough break-evens. Prices had already come down for wheat, but…

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    USDA to Investigate Soybean Checkoff Allegations

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 8, 2009

    The USDA Office of Inspector General will conduct an audit and, as appropriate, investigation of the National Soybean Checkoff Program based on a petition requesting investigation filed by the American Soybean Association in early December, USDA secretary Ed Schafer said Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in day, ASA president Johnny Dodson told Kansas soybean producers at the annual Kansas Soybean Expo in Topeka that the ASA was simply looking out for the best interests of growers when it…

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    A New Forum for Your Thoughts

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 7, 2009

    Kansas Farmer's new blog, which came on line today, is your window to sharing ideas, opinions and interesting observations.   Look here daily for updates and comments on the issues that affect the lives and business of Kansas farmers and the companies that support them. Your comments are always welcome, regardless or whether you agree or disagree with Kansas Viewpoint.   If you want to comment, register, log on and cut loose.     Energy policy grows ever more confusing   The Governor's…

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