• P.J. Griekspoor

    Kansas Wheat Harvest Moving Fast And It's A Good Thing

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 27, 2013

    One of the really cool things about sharing your life with a pilot is you get to do things like I did Wednesday afternoon – take to the skies for a look at Kansas wheat harvest from high above it all. We took off from the Newton Metro North airport with ground temperatures above 100 degrees and it didn’t take long to be grateful that the plane was air conditioned. Even at 6,500 feet, it was a hot day. But the fields of ripe wheat mingled with pastureland, fields of…

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    Farm Bill Publicity on Christmas Trees Rings False

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 20, 2013

    did a double-take a couple of days ago as I plowed through the blizzard of Farm Bill propaganda that clogged my e-mail inbox as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared for their imbecilic performance on Thursday. “War on Christmas” and “Christmas Tree Tax” were the phrases that jumped out at me. What on earth are they talking about? I wondered. I got even more befuddled when the language was repeated by Kansas Congressmen, including Tim Huelskamp and Mike…

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    Farm Bill Detractors Tell a Few Whoppers

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 20, 2013

    There’s a great deal of publicity surrounding the ongoing debate in the U.S. House on its version of the Farm Bill, most of it lambasting the “waste” and “giveaways” and “subsidies” that the senders of said publicity find appalling. But when you start going down the list of just exactly what it is that is so appalling, my vote goes to the misleading verbage and outright lies in the press releases about what the Farm Bill would do. Example…

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    Wheat Fields Have White Heads Among Green in Central Region

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 4, 2013

    I was driving across Kansas last week and took note of what I at first thought was the changing color of wheat of in Stafford  and Barton County. A closer look, however, revealed that the wheat isn’t really ripening in that area. It is freeze-damaged. The first clue was that the color is not so much gold as white. And there’s an awful lot of green heads in those fields. In south central Kansas, around Wichita and points south, there is a distinct, uniform gold…

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