The Buzz

We take the Buzz on the road.

This week's "Buzz" is generated from the Goodland Public Library, where yours truly is spending a few hours between interviews for an upcoming issue. I've found that for on-the-road, high-speed computer access, nothing beats the great public libraries we have in Kansas…

  • I'm frequently impressed at the dedication of library workers, number of great resources and innovations that rural librarians use to attract patrons. (I'm also impressed when there are copies of Kansas Farmer on the periodical shelf.)…
  • A common thread in visiting farmers in western Kansas is that fall harvest was outstanding and that most feel blessed to have had good yields and good prices in the same year. Most farmers who have seen high crop prices before, however, have also seen commodity prices drop. Thus, they wait for the other shoe to drop…
  • Could it be that with high oil prices driving ethanol and biodiesel production, crop prices will remain at this "new plateau?"…
  • They'd better, because crop input prices are rising just as rapidly, if not more so, than crop prices. Nitrogen fertilizer, in particular, is scary high right now…
  • Wheat stands around the state look average to good, in my opinion. Western Kansas definitely needs a rain to carry this crop into winter, though. Subsoil moisture is scarce…
  • How about this nifty idea to get an accurate soil moisture reading? Simply insert the 9-inch probe of the Technika Digital Soil Moisture Pen into the soil, and it quickly gives a moisture reading of between 0 and 50%. The handy device operates on four AAA batteries. Information is available at www.technika.com/misc/LUPMS714.htm …  
  • Politicians sometimes forget that every word they say is fair game for reporters. How about Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' latest "faux pas," regarding the taste and quality of Kansas wine, during a Democratic fundraiser in Washington state, as reported by a columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Sebelius joked about Sunflower State wines. 'You should be thankful we don't make wine in Kansas,' she said. 'If you ever see Kansas wine, don't drink it.' "…
  • Nice work, Governor, especially when your Department of Commerce has made great strides in the last five years to boost the Kansas grape and wine industry with workshops, events at the Kansas State Fair and legislation…
  • From the "It may be a bit too early" file, the City of Cimarron already has its Christmas lights up, I've noticed…
  • Frontier Farm Credit has opened a new lending office in Marysville. The building is similar in architecture to its facilities in Manhattan and Parsons. The official opening occurs later this week…
  • New Holland generated some pro-biofuels news last week with an announcement that the company supports using 100% biodiesel in 80% of its New Holland-branded equipment (for a list, click here: www.newholland.com/na)…
  • The company's endorsement of biofuels comes after a couple of years of field-tests, in which the B100 biodiesel performed flawlessly. Other companies that provide engines to New Holland are encouraged by the company to undergo similar field testing…
  • Congratulations to the Centre-Lost Springs FFA Chapter, which claimed two first place awards during the Garst Seed Co.-sponsored Commercial Competition, in which students were to create advertisements for seed products, by developing a public relations curriculum classroom and advertising campaign…
  • The chapter received $750 for first place in the public relations category and $500 for its second place entry in the Television Category.
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