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Things are big Down Under.

It is interesting to see how farmers around the world conquer problems. In Australia, the never-ending challenge of harvesting big acreage has been tackled by a Dalby-based manufacturer, MidWest Fabrications, which this month unveiled the world's largest production draper platform in the world – 50-feet wide.

  • The CropHawk CTF 50 will more easily enable farmers to achieve controlled traffic patterns in fields, minimizing compaction and maximizing efficiency…
  • The 50-foot machine weighs nearly 4 tons, but the weight is borne by a central pivot system suspended horizontally to the combine. It is designed to work with Class 8 and 9 combines – and costs $90,000 Australian. More information is available at:  
  • Congratulations to Stacie Minson, a watershed specialist for the Smoky Hill/Kanopolis Lake Watershed, who received K-State Research and Extension's "Communicator of the Year" award…
  • Kudos also must go to several Kansans who competed in the 2007 "What's For Dinner? Beef" Cookoff, hosted by the Kansas Beef Council, at the American Royal in Kansas City last week…
  • Eric Nichol, Topeka, won top honors with "Quick Beef Fajitas." Dixie Russell, Paxico, was second; Janet Keller, St. John, third; Margaret Renick, Garden City, fourth and Dawn Gilliland, Rantoul, fifth…
  • These amateur chefs submitted recipes with no more than eight ingredients to the KBC, and were selected to prepare the dish at the contest. Preparation time was no more than 45 minutes. Winning recipes are online at
  • The Kansas Farm Bureau has produced another documentary about rural Kansas that will appear on the state's public television channels. "Rural Kansas: Hope Endures," describes new ways to think about rural development, and is a follow-up to last year's documentary called "Rural Kansas: Heritage Lost."…
  • The program airs on:
    KPTS-TV (Channel 8, Wichita), Thurs., Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.;
    Smoky Hills Public TV (Bunker Hill, Dodge City, Lakin), Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
    RFD-TV, Wed. Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.;
    Cox Cable, Kansas NOW 22, Sat. Nov. 10 at 8 a.m.;
    KTWU-TV (Channel 11, Topeka), Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
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