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Harvesting the high plains : John Kriss and the business of wheat farming, 1920-1950

Author: H Craig Miner
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The semiarid plains of western Kansas and eastern Colorado are hardly the setting for an agricultural empire, but it was here that former field hand John Kriss managed G-K Farms for Wichita entrepreneur Ray Garvey. Their enterprise became one of the largest wheat operations on the plains and yielded Kriss a one million bushel crop."--BOOK JACKET. "Harvesting the High Plains is the rags-to-riches story of how Kriss  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Miner, H. Craig.
Harvesting the high plains.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©1998
(OCoLC)605381470
Online version:
Miner, H. Craig.
Harvesting the high plains.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©1998
(OCoLC)632158702
Named Person: John Kriss; John Kriss
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H Craig Miner
ISBN: 0700608745 9780700608744
OCLC Number: 37211175
Description: xi, 225 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Craig Miner.

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This text tells the story of how John Kriss made large-scale farming work. It shows how he kept records of crops and rainfall to manage the land carefully, farming thousands of acres in an  Read more...

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