RURAL REFLECTIONS Popular Times
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Kansas State University student Greg Peterson and some friends were unwinding at a drive-in restaurant when LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" came on the radio. He groaned. But as the chorus droned on, the 21-year-old found inspiration. He switched "sexy" to "farming" as he began rapping. It would be fun, he thought, to do a video parody with his brothers when he returned home to the family farm in central Kansas.
Bob Schrock was a pioneer when he began growing winter canola eight years ago. The crop was new and unusual, almost a novelty, in his area.
But the Kiowa, Kan., farmer, who planned to begin swathing this year’s canola in mid-May, has seen acreage of the crop expand steadily on the southern Great Plains.
Sunflower acreage this year in North Dakota, the nation’s dominant producer of the crop, is projected to sink to its second-lowest rate since 1976. But the executive director of the National Sunflower Association says there’s reason to be optimistic about his crop’s future, both in and outside the state.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced Wednesday that it had obtained a consent order and permanent injunction against Mark Vanderploeg, formerly of Glendale, Ariz., and three of his companies, including DVC Farms of Minneapolis.
WICHITA, Kan. — Fall rain has helped get Kansas’ winter wheat crop off to a good start, and now farmers are waiting to see what happens Wednesday when the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a report on the wheat supply worldwide.
ATCHISON, Kan. — As the van rolled away Monday from Bratlett Grain Co. elevator, 12-year-old Teagan Keil reached in to hand the driver a flower to lay on his father’s body.
Even before official word came that Travis Keil and two other missing men were dead from a fireball that exploded through the back of the grain elevator Saturday night, many of the men’s friends and family were ready for the news.
WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas farmers have begun preparing their fields to plant winter wheat, amid concern that the long drought has left the ground too dry to get the 2012 crop off to a good start this fall.
KINGMAN, Kan. — Sen. Pat Roberts and Kansas farm leaders toured drought-ravaged Kansas on Wednesday, witnessing firsthand the toll this summer's unrelenting triple-digit temperatures have taken on portions of the state: Irrigated corn growing under the center pivot that's fared so poorly it was good only to cut for silage, and dryland corn left to decompose in the field.
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