The Buzz

Clarifying Concordia's ethanol situation, plus getting credit for N.

A point of clarification in regards to a "Buzz" item from several weeks ago, regarding ethanol plant proposals in Cloud County, where Everton Energy is busy pushing dirt in preparation for a 100 million gallon facility east of Concordia…

  • We had reported that a Cloud County resident had received a water right, which would be used to provide water for a locally-owned ethanol plant. In fact, the water right had been applied for on behalf of a group of local owners, called the Ethanol Plant Coalition Steering Committee, which was working on developing a business relationship with Everton. The water right has not been received by the EPCSC, and Everton has chosen not to work with the local ownership group…
  • Attendance at the 2007 Kansas State Fair was down to 338,633 folks, although near-perfect weather was present during the 10-day run. Still, gate revenue was up, according to the Hutchinson News, some $37,700…
  • The Kansas State Fair board has decided to increase admission prices next year at the gate, to $6 for seniors and $8 for adults. Advanced ticket sales at Dillons Food Stores will remain the same as in 2007: $5 for adults and $4 for seniors…
  • From the world of purebred cattle breeding, Kansas Limousin producers co-own the second and fourth most popular Limousin breeding sires, according to the North American Limousin Foundation…
  • Bohi Land and Cattle, Wellsville, owns a share of the NALF's second most popular sire, LESF Asphalt 9N with Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla. And Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, Penn. Meanwhile, Rolf Limousin, LeRoy, has a share of the fourth most popular sire, Wulfs Nobel Prize 3861N, with Wulf Limousin Farms, Morris, Minn…
  • Our congratulations to Debbie Schrag, co-owner of Cannonball Bale Beds, Kingman. The company, which makes dump and bale beds for pickups and trucks, received a Kansas Department of Commerce Small Business Award for "Woman-Owned Business of the Year – Manufacturing Firm" last month…
  • The firm began on the farm owned by Debbie and her husband, Terry, in 1999 and has grown to produce about 300 units per year. Expansion is in the works, with one new building just completed and a new paint building under construction…
  • Seems like there is always a question when planting wheat into a legume crop, about the new crop's nitrogen needs. According to K-State fertility specialist Dale Leikam, the N credit from the legume may not be as high as farmers would like to think…
  • For example, if wheat follows alfalfa killed during the summer, farmers should figure on getting about one-half the N that row crops planted the following spring would receive…
  • "The reason that winter cereals get a smaller N credit than summer row crops would in this situation is that there has been less time for the alfalfa residue to decompose and the N to be mineralized," Leikam said. "If the alfalfa stand was killed in late fall, rather than summer, it´s best to allow little or no N credit for winter cereals planted into the residue."…
  • Also, soybeans harvested a few days or weeks before wheat planting will have very little N mineralization and thus, should be given no credit for N, Leikam says.
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