a standing rib roast in the oven. Then off to Sunday School. Since
the boys were going back to Manhattan, we came home quick. Had
a great dinner. Cole and Tanner left about 2:00.
We left directions for Layton to feed animals; any other chores
like breaking the ice if it gets real cold. In the afternoon he
met his friends for a paintball war! They had a great time out
in a pasture. Layton did get hit!
Vance and Louise left for Salina, Kansas.
big day for wheat. We started with a leadership breakfast of wheatgrowers
at the Holiday Inn. The Wheatheart meeting followed where we reported
on all of our activities--especially Wheatmania.
At noon we heard Representative Jerry Moran and Kansas Ag secretary
Allie Devine. The main problems facing farmers now are with the
railroad. There's not enough cars and terrible service. There
are more trucks than ever over our roads, which also cannot stand
a lot of pressure without constant repair.
Our wheat awards were given in the afternoon to Dr. Bikram Gill,
a wheat researcher; Lynn Rundle for outstanding marketing in the
21st Century Alliance; Jean Hixson as Wheathearts and wheat spokesperson;
Rod and Saralee Bentley for their service to the wheat industry.
And now Louise is past president of the Wheathearts!!! Now chairman
of the Festival of Breads. It was a big day ending with a tradeshow
between meetings, Vance put a bid in for the ground--the 320 acres.
We'll keep our fingers crossed.
Classic Day at the convention with numerous speakers. Vance attended
the 21st Century Alliance board meetings. They had their photo
taken as the "dream team " of agriculture for Successful
Farming magazine cover this spring.
Received a fax from the realtor that someone else had bid higher.
Now for the next decision.
Louise attends some meetings but also took some time for Christmas
shopping. The list is long!!!!
The Kansas Wheat Commission dinner featured the governor as well
as noted wheat breeder Rollie Sears. Rollie was very good as he
explained how wheat varieties are selected. One of the main varieties
he developed and is now quite popular was once in the dumpster
at KSU. When he realized it had potential because of its high
protein because of a grain analysis, he had to climb into the
dumpster the next morning to find it. Fortunately he did and that
is KARL wheat today.
Farmer checkoffs on every bushel of wheat fund wheat research.
For every bushel a farmer sells, 1 cent goes to fund our own wheat
research and market development.
Vance stayed for the 21st Century Alliance meetings while I hitched
a ride home with the Paris's. Beautiful trip home as we enjoyed
the snow on the trees. It is cold--17* so the 3" of snow
stayed on the ground and trees. Roads were ok.
All was ok at home. Just lots of messages and mail. No progress
on the land deal.
Vance arrived late.
drove around the farm. All looks fine. Great to get some moisture
Mules and dogs are great. We do smell a skunk. He's loading up
on dog food!!
Louise caught up on phone calls, mail, dirty laundry. Vance made
a call to our banker about buying the ground. He thought it was
great for us. So we'll call the realtor again.
Vance also worked on a story for CPM magazine. Louise serves on
the board of the Area Mental Health Centers for Southwest Kansas.
We had a dinner board meeting. Our center is very busy serving
the mental health needs of the region.
called in our other bid for the ground and guess what . . . we
got it. Tomorrow the realtor will come by with the papers to sign.
We will sign and write a check for a down payment. We are excited!!
Louise worked on the Festival of Breads breadbaking contest that
will be in March and finals in April. We need to get letters out
now for donations and a news release announcing the competition.
I work closely with Cindy Falk of the Wheat Commission who is
in charge of the contest.
played in the band for the first basketball game. Dighton won
over Scott City--a big school and big win.
Marit worked on art projects and some letters.
travel 80 miles to Dodge City for Layton's Honor band, he's first
chair tuba. Will do some shopping!!
The realtor came by with the contract to buy the land. We signed
the contract. If the sellers agree to the terms then the responsibility
of land ownership begins. That means taking care of the land,
making sure it is managed properly such as conservation practices
in place, not overgrazing the grass, rebuilding the fence. Land
ownership is great opportunity as well as responsibility.
Layton was in an Honor band in Dodge City. He was first chair
tuba--had some great parts to play. Marit and I drove down to
hear him. We did some shopping and then home to the wonderful
fire Vance had built in our fireplace.