Archive | July 2013

Kansas cuts 25th billionth bushel of wheat

Good morning!

Here’s a great story from The Hutchinson News (in Hutchinson, Kan):

The 25th billionth bushel of wheat in a century of Kansas wheat production was harvested earlier this month.

Farmer Mike Brown ceremoniously caught grain in a bushel basket on his farm near Colby to mark the achievement, as his son Tanner unloaded the combine into a grain cart.

Kansas Wheat reported the 25th billionth bushel cut last week. According to the association, 25 billion bushels equals more than 1 trillion commercial loaves of bread.

While an amazing feat, it’s not surprising considering Kansas’ rich history as the nation’s breadbasket, producing nearly one-fifth of all the wheat grown in the United States.

Read the rest here.

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Wheat is cut near Dodge City in southwest Kansas in June.

Which Wolf Do You Feed?

This is a great blog post from Anne Burkholder, who owns a feedyard in Nebraska. Her blog is

Feed Yard Foodie

I have been challenged from several different directions over the past week.

My favorite farmer always seems to know what I need, and he sent me this quote to help me muddle through the chaos.  It really spoke to me, so I am sharing it with all of you.

An old Cherokee told his grandson,

“My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.  One is Evil.  It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego.  The other is Good It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.” 

The boy thought about it and asked,

“Grandfather, which wolf wins?”. 

The old man quietly replied,

“The one that you feed.”

There are times when each one of us will be in the midst of struggles–either those that we create ourselves or those that others impose upon us.  My heart always tells me to…

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3i Show

Good afternoon!

We wanted to let everyone know that we’re at the 3i Show in Dodge City, Kan. this week.

If you’re around, stop by the Servi-Tech booth, which is booth 160 inside. Come get rain gauges, calculators, and  key chains! We also have TheProfiler set up, and we’re ready to answer any questions about it.

We’re also ready to talk about our purpose, which is making the planet more productive (MP2). Come see us if you want to know more!

brent and fred

Brent Schinstock and Fred Vocasek at the 3i Show in Dodge City.

Corn at Sunrise

Good morning!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July.

Here’s some video that Bryan Boroughs, one of our agronomists at Servi-Tech, took of a corn field near Montezuma, Kan.