Friday, May 27, 2011
Farmer Fridays - Some things are more important
I have really struggled with this week's Farmer Fridays as not much as happened on our family farm this week which is honestly quite depressing this time of year. We are usually trying to finish up planting season by Memorial Day and applying anhydrous ammonia to our corn this time of year. Much to our dismay, Mother Nature has not been real cooperative so far this spring and our time in the fields has been extremely limited. I try to be an optimist so I just keep reminding myself it could be worse.
I was reminded of this in black and white today when I received an email from a friend and professional peer, Joe. Quoting the Daily Livestock Report, his email started, "Some things are more important than markets and policies and prices." Joe then went on to encourage us to learn more about the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. He also reminded us that "even though this is a difficult planting season, please take time to enjoy and observe Memorial Day." "The challenges we face today are minimal compared to those who went before us and it is fitting we remember them on Monday." "Please keep in mind that we still have family, friends and neighbors defending us around the world as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq."
Although we are starting to reach some critical time lines to get our corn and soybeans planted, Joe's words really hit home for some reason which is why I asked him if I could share them. I hope that they have struck a chord within you as well.