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Local Farmers Plant Less Wheat

Posted 6/29/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

McPHERSON COUNTY – Farmers in Moundridge and Inman planted fewer acres to wheat this year, spokesmen for local MKC facilities said. The number of acres planted to wheat decreased 10 to 15 percent.

“It was about economics,” Lance Adams, MKC merchandising manager said. “They had a hard time with moving their grain last year.”

Adams said local farmers were having good yields this year, but not as good as last year’s record numbers.

He noted yields were ranging from 40 to 60 bushels an acre. He added they had “good test weights above 60” pounds. Test weights were averaging 61 pounds.

At the end of last week, Adams said harvest was 90 percent complete.

“Most farmers are pretty much done,” he added. “There are some stragglers who still have a field here or there to harvest.”

Adams said the early spring rains cause farmers some problems.

“Disease pressure is causing some headaches,” Adams said. “Those who sprayed a fungicide on the wheat are starting to feel better about it.”

Adams said he has heard some concerns about the varieties of wheat grown in the area from for the flourmills.

“These varieties have produced good yields, but the flourmills have concerns about them,” Adams said. “Our product isn’t as good as it has been.”

Jason Cowan, assistant grain operations manager at Groveland, said the facility has received fewer bushels of wheat then usual. He said they have taken in 1.3 million bushels. Groveland usually receives 1.6-1.7 million bushels.

Cowan said test weights have been from 60 to 64 pounds

“It was a pretty quick harvest,” Cowan said. “There weren’t any reasons for stopping it.”

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Ledger, Chamber Produce New Resource Guide

Posted 6/29/2017

THE LEDGER STAFF

MOUNDRIDGE – The latest edition of The Moundridge Resource Guide is part of today’s Ledger.

The 24-page magazine is full of information about the city and it is meant to promote Moundridge. This is the third guide produced through a partnership between the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce and The Ledger newspaper.

The first guide came out in the fall of 2009 and the second one was published in fall of 2013.

Moundridge Chamber Director Murray McGee said the guide would be a good recruiting tool.

McGee noted the guide included articles on the growth of housing  and residents have two options for high-speed fiber optics internet service.

There are also articles about the quality of life in Moundridge – retirement communities and services, the Moundridge School District and health care.

There were 4,000 copies printed. One thousand copies went out in today’s Ledger and the rest will be handed out through the chamber and the city.

“We are always happy to work on this project with the chamber,” said Ledger publisher Robb Reeves. “Murray was very good to work with and provided excellent information for the publication. The goal with something like this is to hand a magazine to someone and say, ‘This is why you should be living in Moundridge.’”

Devan Kirkpatrick, an employee of The Ledger’s parent company, designed the resource guide.
McGee and Ledger Editor Randy Fogg wrote most of the stories and took photos.

McGee said he planned to get the magazines out to companies with an interest in coming to the Moundridge area as well as potential new residents.

He noted the chamber was planning to host an event for newcomers to the community to attend a couple of times a year.

“We want to get this (magazine) out to the new residents of the community,” McGee said.

The magazine will be placed in the chamber’s welcome bag new residents receive.

“My goal is to get these out of our hands as soon as I can,” McGee said.

Reeves said the advertisers in the magazine get a lot of local and new people checking out their business message. He said the advertising is what helps produce a quality magazine.

McGee said he already has some ideas for the next resource guide, such as providing information on some of the main businesses in the community and some of the types of jobs available in Moundridge.

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EMS Raises Funds To Buy Coats, Uniforms

Posted 6/29/2017

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – While exact numbers were not yet available, the Moundridge Emergency Medical Service will be able to purchase all of the winter coats and uniforms it needs.

Sherry Jerome, an advanced emergency medical technician with the department, described the community’s response as “awesome.”

The Eighth Annual Moundridge EMS Benefit Breakfast and Poker Run were Saturday, June 24, at the Moundridge Senior Center.

Jerome said the department had a goal of being able to purchase a winter coat for each of the volunteers on staff.

She explained the green-colored coats will have reflective stripes on the back and sleeves. The coats have two layers, she noted. The top layer is a raincoat, while there is a heavy inside liner to keep the responders warm in winter weather, Jerome added.

The uniform consists of a polo shirt with the Moundridge EMS logo on it.

“The support of the community was fantastic,” Jerome said. “We had people who just came in and gave us money without eating or getting a raffle ticket.

“I think it’s really amazing,” she continued. “The people in the community were very generous with their support.”

Jerome said there was a steady stream of people coming in for the meals.

“Everything ran very smoothly,” she added. “Overall, the biggest money-maker was the hot dog bar.”

She estimated there were more than 100 people who either ate breakfast or had hot dogs.

“It was pretty popular, the hot dog bar,” Jerome said. “There were a lot of motorcycle riders and their passengers. People came back to have hot dogs.”

There were 17 motorcyclists involved in the poker run. The riders played a total of 46 hands of poker, Jerome said.

“The weather was beautiful (for the poker run),” she added.

Besides the food and poker run, a variety of prizes were raffled off. Jerome noted local businesses provided many of the prizes and gift cards for the fundraiser.

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