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October 19, 2017 The LedgerOctober 19, 2017 The Ledger

Wheat Winning Again; Local Farmers Benefit From Dry Weather In Other States

Posted 7/20/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Wheat prices were “trending up” for local farmers as they were starting to harvest this year’s crop, said Ted Schultz, manager for Team Marketing Alliance, in Moundridge.

Schultz said TMA’s futures price for wheat closed at $4.55 a bushel on June 6. The highest amount the futures price reached was $5.69 on July 5. Since then, futures prices have tumbled to $5.15, Schultz said.

He stressed the one-month increase of $1.14 per bushel was good for farmers.

“It’s really, really significant,” Schultz said. “It’s a huge increase. It wasn’t expected.”

Four cooperatives in Central Kansas own TMA – Famers Cooperative Elevator Co. in Halstead, Cooperative Grain and Supply in Hillsboro, MKC in Moundridge and Farmers Cooperative in Nickerson. TMA is the grain division for these four cooperatives.

Poor weather conditions in other parts of the country caused wheat prices in Kansas to go up.

“It was due to the dry weather conditions in the Dakotas and Montana,” Schultz said.

He noted TMA purchased “a lot of wheat from the farmers during the month of June.” He added local farmers were able to benefit from the higher wheat prices.

Schultz said local farmers were enjoying a good harvest at the same time the price of wheat was increasing. MKC officials had reported local farmers had yields between 40 to 60 bushels an acre from this year’s harvest.

“It’s more money in their pockets,” Schultz said. “It’s good for them and the surrounding communities.”

Other Central Kansas cooperatives had their wheat prices go up in June. At one Kanza Co-op location, wheat prices had gone as low as $3.40-$3.50 per bushel and then went above $4.90 a bushel in early July.

Kanza Co-op has elevators in Sedgwick, Andale, St. John, Byers, Coats, Colwich, Macksville, Valley Center, Pratt and Iuka.

A Kanza spokesperson said concerns about the spring wheat crop in northern states caused wheat price in Kansas to increase.

However, good weather forecasts for Nebraska’s wheat harvest caused prices to drop in Kansas. The spokesperson said he heard Nebraska “is going to have a good harvest.”

Wheat prices had tumbled to $4.40 per bushel at the one Kanza location.

The Kanza spokesperson said wheat prices will “rebound a little” in Kansas.

TMA’s Schultz said it was extremely difficult to predict what the futures prices are going to do. He noted weather conditions play a role into whether prices go up or down.

“You don’t know what it’ll do until it happens,” Schultz said.

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Inman Children Encouraged To Look For God Working In Their Lives

Posted 7/20/2017

By Randy FoggCHILDREN listen while at the Kid Vid station during the Inman Community Vacation Bible School Wednesday, July 12, at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman. Children were encouraged to look for times when God was working in their lives. They also watched a short video.CHILDREN listen while at the Kid Vid station during the Inman Community Vacation Bible School Wednesday, July 12, at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman. Children were encouraged to look for times when God was working in their lives. They also watched a short video.

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Allison Lewis said she realized God was working in her life after enjoying a breeze during the heat of the day.

“It was really hot out and it helped me to cool down,” Lewis said. “It was unexpected.”

Children attending the Inman Community Vacation Bible School were asked to look for times when God was working in their lives. Children were asked to share their experiences with others in their groups.

Lewis said she enjoyed attending VBS.

“I enjoy learning about Jesus and God,” Lewis said.

Lewis was one of 147 children registered for VBS, which was held at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church. Activities started Sunday, July 9, and continued until Thursday, July 13.

“It’s been really fun for everyone,” Jane Hull, one of the coordinators, said. “It’s the first time in a long time we’ve had in the evenings. We’re thankful for the turnout.”

Inman’s VBS had the theme, “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose.”

Preschool children through those in the sixth grade took part in VBS.

The five Inman churches – Bethel Mennonite, Hoffnungsau Mennonite, Inman Mennonite, Zoar and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ – join together for one VBS program. The churches take turns hosting VBS.

Hull said there were more than 80 volunteers who helped with the event.

The children went to different stations during VBS. There was Bible Discovery, where children experienced Bible stories; Imagination Station, where they learned using science and creativity; and Kid Vid Station, where they watched a short video and learned a Bible verse.

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Grasshopper Represents State At Presidential Event

Posted 7/20/2017

Ledger StaffGRASSHOPPER Mowers represented Kansas at the Made In America Product Showcase. A Grasshopper mower was set up just outside the Rose Garden at the White House with help from Trent Guyer (left) vice president of marketing, and Sean Mudgett, regional factory representative.GRASSHOPPER Mowers represented Kansas at the Made In America Product Showcase. A Grasshopper mower was set up just outside the Rose Garden at the White House with help from Trent Guyer (left) vice president of marketing, and Sean Mudgett, regional factory representative.
MOUNDRIDGE - Grasshopper Mowers, an early pioneer and leading producer of zero turn commercial-grade turf equipment and family-owned business, represented Kansas at the Made in America Product Showcase, hosted by President Donald J. Trump at the White House Monday, July 17.

The event highlights and celebrates American-made products and encourages other companies to manufacture their products in the United States. Accompanying the president at this event will be the vice president, Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, and members of the president's senior staff.

White House groundskeepers rely on Grasshopper for its year-round versatility to easily change from mowing to debris collection to snow removal.

Company president Stan Guyer attributed product quality to continuous improvement throughout, whether it’s design to manufacturing to final assembly or delivering parts.

"Our priority is for each customer to happily reflect on their purchase at one, five or over 20 years and know they made the right choice," Guyer said.

"We're honored to represent Kansas backed by our company's highly skilled employees utilizing the latest high-tech manufacturing," said Trent Guyer, third-generation owner and event attendee. "Our practical decision-making approach values long-term business viability and employment."

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