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A few months ago I wrote an article pointing out the fact that Hard Red Winter wheat production in the United States is at a crossroads. I meant that planted acres in the U.S. are down, primarily because of economics. It simply doesn’t make sense for a farmer to grow wheat if there is no pro…

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The big news in the cattle business is the Tyson Foods packing facility in Holcomb, Kansas, that received extensive damage as a result of a fire. Tyson has announced it will rebuild and get back to operation as soon as possible. They also announced that they will pay all full-time employees …

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I am writing this from the middle of Hollywood, California, where I have come for the premiere of a Forrest Film’s movie called “Bennett’s War.” I will have more about that soon but in the meantime I am going to my favorite approach—historical perspective.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently returned from negotiations in Shanghai and they are expected to resume formal in-person conversations with their Chinese counterparts in September.

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There’s a phenomenon that happens when you cross Interstate 35 at Salina on your way west across Kansas.

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Well, folks, it’s fair season. This year, lucky Iowans had their state fair infiltrated with 2020 presidential hopefuls. That’s because Iowa is the first state to caucus.

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Saying this year’s program is “even stronger and more effective for farmers,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue provided more details July 25 about the $16 billion trade-aid package first announced back in May.

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“Could you do me a favor?” the woman asked the announcer.

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Knowledge is at our fingertips. When we pull up our Internet browser, no matter what question we may have, right or wrong, there is always an answer. Today, people want answers about their food—how it’s raised, if it’s local. Transparency is key and building consumer confidence is the bigges…

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Cardiovascular disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of humans around the world and yet I recently learned that one day it could be a thing of the past. For the past 18 years, I have hosted Nathan Bryan, the foremost authority on nitric oxide, on my radio shows. We have had some great dis…

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It’s amazing how fast we went from wet to dry in the matter of three or four weeks. Most of the pastures did get plenty of growth early but they are very dry now.

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It’s no surprise that President Donald Trump loves America. He also loves products made in America.

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The calendar flipped to August and that means the county fair season is nearing its end and the media is filled with “back-to-school” promotions. Can it already be that time of year particularly in this summer of turbulence?

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An effort to educate consumers on how the American farmer feeds the world is underway on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Over the last few decades as a reporter, I’ve learned that most farmers love to get a good price from the marketplace, rather than a good check from the federal government. But what’s a person to do when export markets are being shut down as a result of tariffs and an ongoing trade war with …

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Although summer tends to be synonymous with heat, record-breaking heat was a big story during the month of July for parts of the plains.

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“Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change the toilet paper.”

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The 4th Saturday of July came and went without much mention or notice. A few within our community mentioned being happy to still promote the Official Day of the American Cowboy but for the most part it was crickets.

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Let’s talk about planning ahead. 

Let’s develop a strategy of matters that are in your control that will have a positive influence on your bottom line. Join us for Wheat U and Sorghum U, a free event sponsored by IntelliFarms and High Plains Journal held Aug. 14, in Mulvane, Kansas, just south of Wichita. 

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I just finished your article titled “A Year without Pay” and I sympathize with farmers affected by the terrible storms. I am the daughter of a farmer and currently the wife of a farmer, so understand well the effects of adverse weather.

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It never fails that the hottest—and most humid—day of the year in Washington falls on the North American Meat Institute Annual Hot Dog Lunch. This year was no different.

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The only thing fair in life is the summer county celebration, and that should continue to be the focus of fair for sure. Like so many, we have just concluded our 2019 Sherman County Fair in Nebraska, complete with small victories and some setbacks.

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In the 70 years that High Plains Journal has been in publication the editorial staff has seen and written about plenty of booms and busts in agricultural trends.

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Years of planning and a $9.2 million investment are paying off in significant savings for Fort Hays State University. In 2013, my dream of providing the electricity for FHSU through wind energy became reality. The wind and peak shaving savings of nearly one million dollars annually are allow…

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The rural vote that was key to electing President Donald Trump in 2016 has focused a spotlight on rural America. Welcoming this new attention, academic researchers are zeroing in on identifying the best ways to revitalize the rural economy and dampen rural discontent. Presidential candidates…

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I had a wonderful discussion with Sara Place of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association on Rural Route Radio about true beef sustainability and it has taken me down some research paths that we have not spent enough time examining.

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The federal government is here to tell you what to eat and how much of it. What could go wrong, right?

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Agronomists often divide sorghum into three growth stages.

Growth stage I begins with emergence and continues to panicle initiation, lasting approximately 35 days. During this stage, the sorghum plant can withstand significant stress from environmental conditions or pests without effecting yield because new leaves are being produced to replace damaged leaves and the growing point is below or very near the soil surface allowing it to avoid direct injury. Growth stage II begins with panicle initiation and continues to half-bloom, also lasting approximately 35 days. Growth stage III begins with half-bloom and continues until the grain reaches maturity. This column focuses on GS II.

 

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With the conclusion of Independence Day holiday weekend, it is always a time to recalibrate, be realistic, look ahead and stay optimistic.

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The feeder market seems to be gradually picking up a little steam the last few weeks. Most of our pastures in our area have lots of grass. One rancher whose ranch is about 10,000 acres told me that he thought he could run 300 extra cows this summer.

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I have little doubt that the economy is better than it was. Likewise, I believe that under the Trump administration we have streamlined some of the bureaucracy and made minor steps toward draining the swamp.

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A baseball cap, tank tops, shorts and flip-flops were once my summer uniform on the farm. Well, unless we were working around cattle, and then it was a baseball cap, tank top, jeans and toe-saving cowboy boots. Live and learn. 

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President Donald Trump kicked off his week with an event at the White House celebrating strides in environmental stewardship taken during his presidency.

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After an undercover video showing employees abusing calves on a large United States dairy was released last month, I saw a comment on Facebook from one appalled viewer asking, “How can this place even remain in business?”

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Handiwork, or something that is made or done, has become less popular as our time has become more focused on convenience. But in every town, there are the makers. Makers like that girl who sewed her own prom dress or that guy who decorates cakes for special occasions. We should celebrate the…

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Since 1909, Republican and Democratic congressmen and senators have gathered annually to compete in a congressional baseball game.

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A real estate agent called me the other day and asked me if I was interested in a certain property that was for sale. I asked him if they charged a buyer’s fee along with charging the seller a fee.

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During the week as we celebrate our nation’s independence, Nike has announced it is rejecting part of our history.

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While the immediate ratification of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is widely supported by the United States ag sector as another way to expand exports, many lawmakers, union leaders, auto sector workers, machinists and others still feel stung by the previous agreement between the three countries. 

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Just two short years ago, the State of Kansas found itself on the brink of financial disaster. Even after depleting state savings and enduring multiple rounds of devastating budget cuts, unsustainable tax policy continued to perpetuate fiscal crisis. We saw schools close and class sizes grow…

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Since I was 18 years old, I’ve consistently held a job with a paycheck. And for a time or two I worked two jobs at the same time to make ends meet.

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Soybean futures prices seemed on the verge of complete demise just weeks ago as it was assumed that the very slow planting pace of corn might lead to additional acres of soybeans being planted in the United States this spring.

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Journalist Amanda Little’s The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat In A Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World, offers a refreshing, non-ideological and optimistic take on the agricultural challenge of the 21st century: feeding a growing population while reducing the climate impacts of agriculture. The book…