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Has drought struck western Kansas again?

The 2008 wheat crop looks misleading, according to an article last week in the Hays Daily News. From the road, the wheat crop looks good. But half the crop is in fair to very poor condition, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics reports…

  • Much of the poor wheat is in the western third of Kansas – an area that logged a record wheat crop last year, following years of drought. That dry weather has returned. The 10 western-most counties all are considered to be abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which is based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Northern Cheyenne and Rawlins counties are both considered to be in the clutches of a moderate drought, the newspaper reports…
  • Accounting Today magazine says that Salina-based Kennedy and Coe is one of the nation's top 100 accounting firms. At number 93, Kennedy and Coe is the only Kansas firm to make the list…
  • Kennedy and Coe professionals author the "Family Business" column in the print version of Kansas Farmer, so we may be biased. But their professionals offer sound business advice to hundreds of successful farmers and ranchers in Kansas and beyond…
  • Congressman Jerry Moran has been added to the Farm Bill Conference Committee, which will hammer out differences between the House and Senate versions of the upcoming Farm Bill…
  • Moran is a senior member of the House Ag Committee and is Republican leader of the subcommittee on general farm commodities and risk management. He says the stalemate over the Farm Bill has gone on far too long…
  • "There is pressure to cut programs that are essential to Kansas producers. This new bill has been heavily influenced by people and groups with interests outside rural America. My focus will be to keep the emphasis of this important bill on our nation's farmers and ranchers and to ensure a strong safety net for producers," he says…
  • Goodland farmer Jessica Davis Cole is one of 13 (and the only farmer) named by Gov. Kathleen Seblius to the Kansas Film Services Commission, which gives the Kansas Department of Commerce guidance in attracting film companies to Kansas. Other commissioners represent the entertainment industry in Kansas…
  • Here's something that's not agricultural at all in nature, but still interesting: Crayola has changed the names of several crayon colors in its 64-crayon big box, with input from more than 20,000 kids in an online poll. Gone are names like: laser lemon (yellow); wild tangerine (orange-ish); screamin' green (greenish); beaver (browinish); turquoise blue (turquoise-blue); hot magenta (pink-red) and orchid (?). In their place, respectively, are: super happy; fun in the sun; giving tree; bear hug; happy ever after; famous and best friends…
  • Wouldn't it be great if chemical companies and equipment manufacturers let farmers choose the names of herbicides? I can see it now: PricedUp (Roundup/glyphosate); HappyCorn (DualII/S-metolachlor); Cheat-Cheating Wheat Elixir (Olympus/prepoxycarbazone)…
  • How about tillage tools? Here's a couple: StubbleStirrer (tandem disk); Knife-and-Dice (vertical tillage tools); Fuel-sucking Soil Frenzy (moldboard plow).
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