The Buzz

100 years of DeKalb, Celebrate Kansas in Newton and Yahoo’s ya-hoo riles up the ag kids.

DeKalb Seed cap

A vintage DeKalb seed hat, similar to the author's own ill-fated cap.

When I was a kid, one of my prized possessions was a green-billed, yellow seed cap featuring the DEKALB winged ear logo.

Lots of folks wore those caps, but mine was unique: it featured a patch on the front that touted the sorghum hybrid’s greenbug resistance. I wore that cap everywhere, until it flew off my head one day when I was driving my father’s open-station Case 930 tractor in the field one day. Alas, I never saw that cap again.

  • Well, DEKALB turns 100 years old this year. The company was founded by 11 Illinois farmers, bankers and county officials, in northern Illinois. To commemorate the centennial anniversary, DEKALB commissioned a very cool chopper, built by Paul Jr. Designs of Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper – Senior vs. Junior.” The chopper includes features historical references including an antique board-tracker design, nickel plating and the winged ear logo…
  • DEKALB is auctioning the chopper off. You can bid on the bike, or find more details about the company’s 100th anniversary effort. The auction will run through April 1, with the winning bidder being presented with the bike at the 2012 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa…
  • “The Buzz” is a big fan of cookies. When this year’s Girl Scout Cookie campaign was launched, we queried folks at ABC Bakers (one of two companies that bakes Girl Scout cookies) about how much wheat is used to bake these treats. Today, we found out: 300,000 bushels of red wheat is used each year producing Girl Scout cookies…
  • So there you go. You buy Girl Scout cookies to help young people – and to help Kansas wheat farmers…
  • Here’s a big ol’ Buzz Salute to Cargill and Dillon Stores, which have teamed up to help needy folks in Kansas and surrounding states by donating more than 180,000 two-pound bags of flour to “Feeding America” agencies. The Kansas Food Bank was the first Feeding America food bank to receive donated flour this week…
  • Much of the wheat used to produce the flour was grown in Kansas and milled in Wichita, according to KWCH TV in Wichita…
  • Any farmer watching the land market knows that farmland values are white hot. According to Omaha-based Farmers National Co., values have reached a two-year high, with limited availability of quality land forcing farmers to pay more. Midwest Producer magazine quotes Farmers National’s Lee Vermeer as saying that values are up 20-25% over last year. A lot of farm real estate has changed hands over the last several years, meaning availability is beginning to subside, in turn driving up prices…
  • Vermeer says farmers make up 75% of the buyers in the market, although investors are pressuring the prices farmers pay for real estate. Farmers National reports top-quality Kansas farmland is fetching $4,500 per acre…
  • Hey – if you’re looking for something fun to do on Jan. 28 (and who among us is not?), head to the Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus in North Newton from 1:30-4:30, for the college’s 15th annual Celebrate Kansas Day!…
  • This year’s event celebrates Kansas resources, and features interactive faculty presentations on chemistry, pottery and singing events; plus activities such as flour milling, viewing a Kansas-made AGCO combine, displays from the Kansas Underground Salt Museum of Hutchinson and the Kansas Oil Museum of El Dorado and more…
  • There is lots of agriculture in that Celebrate Kansas Day! activity. The agriculture industry employs about one in 10 Americans. Yet, the numbskulls at Yahoo News have determined that agriculture is one of the most useless degrees that collegians can pursue. As you can imagine, a swarm of riled-up college students and professionals inundated the Facebook page of a source in that story, who says the author took his comments out of context. (The author, however, does not have any contact information listed)…
  • That’s probably just as well – young agriculturists, many of whom have participated in 4-H and FFA and have learned a thing or two about dedication – are known to rally around a cause. Come to think of it, people with that kind of work ethic and conviction would be pretty handy workers, would they not? 
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