Keeping Kansas Real
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April  04/06/19 6:04:33 PM

Spring is finally here!! After one of the worst winters Kansas has had in years (of course), we are now starting to see daily averages of 60 degrees and up. This is my favorite kind of weather! Where I live in Kansas, about an hour west of the Kansas/Missouri border, we have been fortunate not to have seen any severe flooding. Almost everyone I talk to, however, knows someone who has been affected. About an hour northeast of where I am, near the Missouri river, flooding was really bad. At one point, the river reached over 31ft, creating a new record high. Cargill has a grain elevator in Atchison, KS, and while the flooding didn't reach the elevator it did cover the railroad tracks right by it for a while. Farmers down here are also already worried about getting their crops in. Fields are very wet, and we are just entering April, the month of rain. Corn planting usually begins around March 15 and goes through May 15. Almost a month in, and nothing has been planted due to the wet conditions. On the flip side of things, my inside sources do tell me that all this water is doing good things for the wheat. We may be looking at a record Kansas wheat crop, but I guess time will tell!
 

As for me, I am still supervising Cargill's Katy elevator in Kansas City. Recently, I have started to spilt my time between Kansas City and Topeka. Cargill's Gordon facility in Topeka, the one I started at, is having some concrete bin roof repairs done. This is a very exciting project, but also super risky. Making sure to talk though what is going on each day, and that everyone is working safe is a huge aspect in managing this project. Having never seen anything like this done before, I thought I would share how we are doing this. We are about two weeks into this project now, and yesterday we finally got the rest of the concrete roof off the bin. To start, the contractors made cuts in the bin roof and flew up large I-beams. They then anchored these beams to the concrete in order make it easier to get the concrete off and also to stop the concrete from falling into the bin. They then cut the concrete some more, and then flew both the I-beams and chucks of concrete off together. Now, we are left with a huge open hole. It's a little scary, but pretty amazing sight!
 

Along with continuing my job in ops, I have also received a neat opportunity to be a part of the first Merchandising Skill Building Program class through White Commercial. There are 7 people in this program throughout the country ranging from all different ages and backgrounds. This has been a really cool experience getting to talk with other people who have a passion for grain merchandising and learning about agriculture in their area. For example, I never knew how big the chicken industry was in northwest Arkansas, and how that affects the market in the surrounding areas. Coming out of this 27-week program, I will receive my level 1 and level 2 merchant certification, and maybe be a little bit closer to being as good as my mom :).

P.S. GO GREEN!

 
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