The Buzz

We’ve got spirit, good credit scores on the farm, and Ford County land results.

We’re always on the lookout for innovative uses for wheat. So, when a Kansas Wheat staffer learned of a spirit named, “Kansas Clean Distilled Whiskey,” we were intrigued.  He did a little digging, and learned that “Kansas Clean” is not only made from Kansas Hard Red Winter wheat, it is distilled in Atchison. The Web site is pretty cool, describing the product, the process, and even the rational about the packaging and labels behind Kansas Clean. Which, by the way, our expert taste testers say is very smooth and perhaps even a tad on the sweet side. 

  • Despite the fact that the company is based in Rochester, New York, if you’re inclined to enjoy a sip of Kansas Clean, rest assured you are supporting the Kansas wheat industry…
  • We’ve been hearing a lot in the news about how wheat harvest could be anywhere from two to four weeks early. Only Mother Nature knows when harvest is going to occur, but we’re not completely behind the notion it will be much earlier than normal. Without a doubt, the crop is ahead of schedule, development-wise: at least two weeks earlier than we would usually expect. However, wheat specialists, crop consultants and farmers believe that instead of having an early crop, we could have a longer grain-filling period, which would be great news for wheat farmers, as it would allow for more kernels to develop per head of wheat…
  • If we do have harvest four weeks early, that is not going to bode well for the wheat crop. This writer’s best guess? Harvest near Kiowa (the traditional starting point for the Kansas wheat harvest) June 5…
  • You know farmers and ranchers are in a good financial position when Kansas ag lenders are bemoaning that they are not getting as much business from the ag sector.  According to an article in the April 12 Wichita Eagle, credit is readily available for ag producers, but for many, borrowing isn’t necessary…
  • Reporter Jerry Siebenmark writes: “…Recent increases in oil production have some farmers pocketing more cash for oil leases taken on their ground. Some farmers are using the money to pay down debt or pay off loans.” Yet, according to a survey called the 2011 Farm Bank Performance Report, farm lending throughout the U.S. increased to $72.3 billion in 2011, up 5.6% from the year before…
  • The newsletter “Landowner” reports that in Illinois – arguably the hottest of hotbeds for farmland prices – values of farmland rose about 20% in 2011, “…due to increasing farm income returns and expectations of strong future income,” the newsletter quotes Don McCabe with Soy Capital Ag Services of Bourbonnais. Good to excellent farmland topped $8-9,000 per acre in 2010, but soared to $10-12,000 last year…
  • Those kinds of numbers make this week’s Land Sale look like a bargain, but in reality, the sale of 150 acres of irrigated/dryland on the south edge of Dodge City in Ford County met expectations.  There were two corners of ground open for spring planting, with the balance in irrigated wheat; however, the buyer did not get a share of the growing crop…
  • The well was pumping just 250 gallons per minute. Still, the soil was good and the bidding active, according to Kirk Brothers Auctioneers. The tract sold for $367,500 ($2,450 per acre), which was right what the auctioneer expected.
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