• P.J. Griekspoor

    Time to Dig in the Dirt and Plant Something

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 26, 2012

    As a general rule, I make it to Easter before the urge to dig a hole and plant a seed somewhere becomes impossible to resist. Not this year. With 80 degree days hitting in early March, the trees blooming, the grass growing and the wheat beginning to wave in the wind, it's time. My kids always make fun of me at this time of year when they say the "farm kid" in Mom sure comes out. But my little grandson, Lewis, got right with the program Sunday when he saw Grandma with the shovel and the…

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    Wheat Crop Got Just What It Needed

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 26, 2012

    The Kansas winter wheat crop got a much-needed shot of plentiful rainfall last week and is back to emerald green and growing fast with a return to 80-degree temperatures. Now the biggest threat to a bountiful wheat harvest is a late freeze after a virtually absent winter. In some places, wheat dormancy was extremely short-lived, if it happened at all. Across south-central Kansas, about a third of the crop is already jointed, which makes it susceptible to freeze. Moisture was an…

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    Great Day With Great Farmers

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 14, 2012

    Today was the spring South Central Kansas Residue Alliance workshop in Kingman with two great speakers, Dwayne Beck, Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, S.D. and James Hoorman, assistant professor at Ohio State University Extension. The topic was cover crops, which farmers agree, is still "more art that science," and how best to use them. Driving home, I couldn't help thinking what great people these farmers are, how dedicated they are to their land, their families and the future of…

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    Farms, Ranches Show Evidence of Oil Money

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 1, 2012

    Evidence of new money is all over southern Kansas farms and ranches. New fences, new and improved farm ponds, new outbuildings, new paint, new vehicles, new equipment. Money was certainly not made with farm crops last year. The drought wiped out much of the wheat crop and decimated most fall row crops. But that loss has been offset for many southern Kansas farmers with money from leasing their land for oil and gas drilling. It's all about the new oil and gas play in the Mississippi…

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