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Rural America is in trouble. At least that’s how I see it as a member of a rural county’s board of commissioners and also as a rural Kansas writer since 1973 when I graduated from Kansas State. Rural folks, I maintain, can no longer afford themselves. By that, I mean the lonely residents cannot afford […]

September 14th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View from Rural Route #8

2011 is straight ahead. Yes, except for all the hidden valleys, the blind curves, the no-shoulder passages, the regulators’ speed traps. The journey through a year is a lot like a cross-country trip on old-fashioned two-lane highways. It’s easy to miss turns and it’s easy to have wrecks. So much was uncertain on those old […]

January 20th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

As each year should be interesting, it’s a lead pipe cinch this next one will be. With our own Environmental Protection Agency set to limit carbon emissions from coal fired electric plants and from oil refineries, it will be more than interesting to see how that plays out. Can the Obama administration do without votes […]

January 6th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

The good rain system that deposited between one and two inches over a parched central and eastern Kansas a couple of days before upland game bird season opened earlier this month only gave the western one-third a trace or few hundredths. Farmers and landowners in the central one-third where the plurality of wheat is grown […]

December 1st, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View from Rural Route #8

If Will Rogers were alive today to repeat that all he knew was what he read in the papers, he’d be about as half as smart or less than he was when he said it 80-some years ago. That’s because the papers have shrunk in several ways, and generally that includes story length and depth, […]

November 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

I’m not fretting about those fields farmers deep-tilled this fall after they finished harvest. If they had been tilling them at all the past two or three years, chances are those fields really needed some big-time, deep-down pan-busting. That’s because we had two straight wet falls and then a wet spring this year and a […]

November 15th, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

While prime harvest weather ruled deep into October, allowing many farmers with fall crops to pretty much wrap it all up for the year, it did become pretty dry. And, some of the farmers awakened early last Saturday morning to the sound of rain beating out a drum signal that said, “You-have-the-day-off. You-have-the-day-off.” The rest, […]

November 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

My long time friend who has farmed all his life and is known for his even manner, suddenly let himself go the other day in frustration over the fact that the nearby giant grain company was telling farmers it would not accept grain for storage. It was harvest, and unless you were a farmer willing […]

October 25th, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

Jim Shroyer, well known in farm and Kansas State University circles, has been named to the 2010 class (a rarified honor) of Crop Science of America Fellows by the Crop Science Society of America. Shroyer often is called the “Wheat Guy.” We who’ve met and worked with him during his 30 years – starting No. […]

September 26th, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

A friend found in a file the bottom one-third of a daily afternoon newspaper that featured a photo of corn being planted on her family’s land in April in the Kaw Valley in 1980. The exact date was nowhere to be found in the clip, but there was a reference to a Monday as if […]

September 19th, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

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