The Buzz

News, notes and quotes from the 3i Show.

Sparse attendance at the 53rd annual 3i Show, held last week in Garden City, was no reflection on the quality of exhibitors and products at the annual farm show. Rather, fewer farmers than usual attended because last week was the first time in a long time that farmers could get into the field and plant corn. From the Oklahoma to Nebraska borders, corn planters were rolling in earnest, as wetter than normal conditions had prevented planting up to last week.

  • Next year, the show moves to a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday format – a departure from the traditional Thurs-Saturday format. The 2008 3i Show will be in Great Bend May 7-9…
  • Farmers were grateful for the moisture, which has given western Kansas, potentially, its most promising wheat crop since the early 1990s. Yield expectations range from 30- to 60-bushels per acre…
  • Yield potential, of course, is somewhat dampened by the sudden onslaught of leaf rust, powdery mildew and other fungal and foliar diseases. Fields with yield potential of 30 bushels per acre or more can probably justify a $20 per acre application of fungicide, but those fields below that yield potential may find it more difficult…
  • The Greensburg, Kan. tornado was the subject of much discussion at the 3i Show. Scads of volunteers throughout Kansas and the entire U.S. flocked to the south central Kansas community to help in any way possible. Rumors abuzz that when Greensburg rebuilds, it will be as a "green" community, with energy efficient homes and businesses; powered by wind and solar energy and use of renewable materials in the rebuild…
  • While Greensburg recovered from its major damage, other Kansas communities also were wrecked by tornadoes the first week of May. Macksville was hit hard; St. John slightly. Volunteers were hard at work in these communities last week…
  • An untold story of the tornado damage was that of the farm folks. Hundreds of center pivots sustained total damage by the storm; outbuildings, grain bins and livestock housing also were wrecked in a two-mile wide swath between Greensburg and Ellinwood…
  • The damage, though not as concentrated, is severe enough that we think Gov. Sebelius should declare Edwards and Stafford counties a disaster area, and begin the process of having the Federal Emergency Management Agency help in the recovery…
  • Finally, Gov. Sebelius' comments last week about the Kansas National Guard being at a disadvantage because much of its equipment was in Iraq, struck many farmers as purely political, and completely inaccurate, rhetoric…
  • The Governor's spat with the White House, which made national news headlines, makes it appear as if Kansans can't take care of themselves, one Greensburg volunteer noted. That couldn't be further from the truth – as evidenced by the remarkable 'can-do' attitude that volunteers and residents have exhibited.
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