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Brian spent the day with me last Friday and was excited to help get soybean seed. I’m loving the new planter. I did 350 acres in the last two days. I’m seeing the 16-row at somewhere around 35 or 40% faster than the 12-row. I did have some delays due to a cracked frame and […]

Not quite yet

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“What do you want me to do?” she asked. It was May 29 and Diane and I were debating two urgent issues. Would we let Nolan play baseball in the season that was about to start and would we attend my niece’s first communion that weekend? I’ve been furious at Kansas for opening up like […]

Beans, beans, beans

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We sure went from getting-stuck wet to can’t-get-the-drill-in dry in a very short time. Finished wheat harvest on Friday. The combine was a champion this year… couple belts and hoses but no major problems…ran last 30 hours without a care in the world. The drill had a bushing freeze up on a row unit Saturday […]

2014 Sharon Christmas parade

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We had a ton of fun yesterday in Sharon. Thanks to Diane for taking the pictures while I was occupied.

Callan Traffas

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Callan Traffas was born last night shortly after 8 p.m. at Pratt Regional Medical Center in Pratt, Kan. Both he and Diane are doing quite well today. Unlike his brother Nolan, Callan did not arrive by cesarean. He weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. I guess I got a couple days’ break […]

Owensboro by prop

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Past Aaron was an idiot for scheduling this flight to Kentucky with two layovers. I bet I end up on a prop plane before the day is done. — Aaron Traffas (@traffas) May 6, 2013 I tweeted that before heading to the airport yesterday. Upon arrival at Mid-Continent, I learned my flight from ICT to […]


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It’s been nearly three months since my father left me with the farm. It was precisely one year ago today when he saw my newborn son in the hospital. While we were watching Nolan get passed from family member to family member in the birthing suite, he told me, “You have achieved immortality.” I thought about that […]

Brian Traffas

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Brian Traffas, 59, died June 4, 2012, at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge, Kan. He was born Feb. 24, 1953, in Medicine Lodge, the son of Vincent and Mary (Gulli) Traffas. A lifetime resident of Sharon, Kan., he was a farmer. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Sharon, Kan. On May 22, 1976, he married […]

Magazine is broken iPad

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Big thanks to Eric Williams for pointing me to this video. I don’t completely accept the premise, but its interesting to think that my son may never have a print subscription of any kind.

Dad life

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I’m not sure that I fit the stereotype portrayed here just yet, but I’m noticing some disturbing trends. Thanks to Luke VanSkike for pointing me at this video.