Indian summer comes and goes far sooner than any of us would like. Try to take a trip into the country soon. As you motor through farm country, notice the fields of corn, milo and soybeans. Look at the cattle, hogs and sheep grazing the pastures. Don't forget the Kansas farmer who helps feed you and your family.
That’s why it’s so hard to stomach hearing about the many ways our Kansas and American farmers and ranchers are scrutinized today. Still, every year we expect farmers and ranchers to grow more and more food with less land. Every year they do so.
While reading through such story archives, it’s not always about the words we’ve written or the photographs of the people we’ve visited that rekindle our emotions and memories. Sometimes it’s a segment of the story we didn’t write or couldn’t.
“We need to know if you’re experiencing challenges with wildlife,” says Robin Jennison KDWPT secretary. “We’ll send someone to work with you on the best way to solve your problem.”
Outside as we waited in line for our tickets, you could smell the popcorn and glimpse at the soda machine as it dropped a cup from its innards and spewed forth an overly sweet combination of syrup, carbonated water and ice. Sometimes the cup turned sideways and the liquid missed and sprayed the hand of the kid expecting a tasty treat.
Today, detractors of farming and ranching are making it increasingly difficult for this vital industry to progress and prosper. That’s why it’s more important than ever to share information about our skills and attributes with those unfamiliar with our calling.
Just like their urban cousins, they remain committed to their chosen vocation. They live and breathe animal husbandry – the care and nurturing of their livestock. Livestock producers continually think about their charge.
With the hottest days of summer bearing down on Kansas reach for your water bottle and keep your straw hat firmly anchored on your head. The rest of the summer may be a real scorcher – maybe even one for the record books.
“We’re really fortunate,” Bogart says. “Believe me, it may be many years before we harvest such a (wheat) crop again.”
When the Schick brothers finally finished the prickly pear excavation project, their uncle and grandfather received payment from the government. The sum of approximately $32.50 was considered a gold mine back then.