The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 6, 2001
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SUNDAY, MAYS. 2001 B7 > 2001 WHEAT CROP Forecast may be wishful thinking State's wheat output may be even more dismal than expected ; By MIKE CORN ' Hays Dally News CoUyer farmer Don Harvey likens Tuesday's wheat harvest estimate to today's weather conditions. "L think they're aU wet," Harvey said, referring to the 277 million bushel estimate that was announced Tuesday after the the completion of the tour sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council. "I think it will be closer to 250" million bushels, he said. Further west, Brewster area farmer Ray Crumbaker doesn't dispute the numbers. But he also wouldn't be surprised if the harvest isn't a bit smaller. "I'm probably going to say they pretty much are in the ballpark," he said. Although Crumbaker said he doesn't plan to abandon any of his wheat, he said about two-thirds of his acres are below av­ erage, while the rest will approach average conditions. "My farm would probably reflect what's going on over the state," he said. And he said there is an area of wheat, stretching from the Colorado border to Colby.along Interstate 70 that looks good. But that is a-narrow band of good wheat. What's especially troubling to Crumbaker is that prices haven't reflected the conditions of the crop. "With this rain, the markets are going to reflect there's been rain, so prices are going down," he said. But some farmers haven't abandoned wheat acres - in favor of a fall crop — because of inadequate soil moisture. The rain, he said, might prompt more abandonment. "This market is absolutely astounding me," he said, noting that wheat stocks are low and crops, are almost universally marginal in the' Great Plains. "Yet the price goes down the last two days. Someone's not very bright. There's some kind of "This market is absolutely astounding me." Ray Crumbaker Brewster-area farmer manipulation going on. "Wheat should be 30 to 50 cents higher than what it is," he said. Harvey agrees that prices should be higher even though rain has been falling. However, he will take the rain. Harvey said he farms in an area that received timely rains last fall. "Our wheat is really big out here, and it was suffering," he said of the need for moisture. But he said it's a fairly small i area. Harvey said he drove cross­ country from Hays on his way home recently "I was shocked," he said of the condition of the crop. "South of Hays and Ellis, I didn't see a piece of wheat I would let go. I felt so bad. A man works so hard, and then this happens." Likewise, he said he delivered seed to a farmer near St. Peter in Graham County, "and he won't have a (wheat) crop. He's planting every acre in milo." Carlyle Thompson, a soils researcher at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center south of Hays, also quibbles with the prediction that came after the wheat tour. "I don't think .the 32-bushel prediction will apply to western Kansas," he said. "We've got the best fields left. But those fields could be in the 20s. Some will be in the 30s, sure, but some will be in the teens." Thompson said another concern will be the size of the head that will ultimately produce the kernels of grain. Last week's warm temperatures hurried along the progress of the crop so that now it is no more than a week behind normal. • FARMING Lawmakers weigh options, send bill to Graves Get the Facts: You knew it was the right house the moment you saw it. Now, let us help give you a loan that will feel right from the moment you hear about it. Capitol Federal offers quick approvals, great rates and True Blue® service, which makes everything even more perfect. So, make your house buying experience one that continues to be a great one. Stop by any of our local branches, or; Call any day 7am to 11 pm 1-888-8CAPFED (1-888-822-7333) Capitol Federal Savings True Blue's/or over 100 years MEMBER ^^f' FDICSSS Law would give ' farmers the right to observe weighing By SARAH KESSINGER Harris News Service TOPEKA — Farmers are guaranteed the right to observe weighing of their product under a bill lawmakers sent to the governor this week. The measure came out of concern for the growing ranks of farmers who sign contracts with companies to raise live­ stock. Some lawmakers were concerned that contract farmers might not have the right to see the scales when livestock is weighed on delivery "Corporate farming and contract farming aren't a new thing in a lot of this country. But we need safeguards to allow for a level playing field in Kansas," said Rep. Dan Thimesch, Cheney, ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. The provision was amended into the bill in a conference committee of House and Sen­ ate agriculture leaders and approved by the full House and Senate Thursday. Thimesch said the law was vague on whether farmers who contract to grow a company's hogs or poultry would be able to watch the weighing process. "They're the beneficiaries of a gain (in weight)," he said, "Farmers are relying on someone to oversee it." Senate Ag Chairman Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, saw the provision as unnecessary, because it "clarified what the law already is." He said there isn't evidence of any problems with weighing in Kansas. But he agreed to the measure to move the process along. 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His own searching has led him to befriend Mr.Timothy McVeigh's father. He has shared his pain and hope all across the country and has agreed to come to Salina. Welch wrote in Time Magazine last June.'There's been enough bloodshed...We don't need to have any more.To me the death penalty is vengeance, and vengeance doesn't really help anyone in the healing process. Of course, our first reaction is to strike back. But if we permit ourselves to think through our feelings, we might get to a different place...l think my daughter's position on this would be the same as mine." Thursday, May 10,7:00 p.m. St. Mary's Grade School All-Purpose Room 230 E. Cloud St., Salina

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