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You’ve seen the posts and read the blogs, 2016 was a terrible year and it needs to end now. People seem to think when the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve everyone somehow gets a fresh start.

For some the election didn’t turn out like they wanted and for others their favorite celebrity and/or loved ones passed away. A gorilla named ‘Harambe’ became a household name and an app called ‘Pokemon Go’ plagued the world. Amongst some of these things unemployment hit the lowest level since the recession, the Cubs finally snagged that World Series title and remember the  “Ice Bucket Challenge” that swept the internet bringing awareness to ALS? All that money raised helped scientists make a massive discovery about the genetic cause of the disease. 

2016 wasn’t all that bad. 

Farmers and Ranchers specifically didn’t have a banner year either.  Markets hit a low, in some areas it rained too much and others not enough, on top of farmers making all time high yields in some of their crops with little to no return value. Do farmers and ranchers have time to complain and pout about it? Absolutely not! There’s work to be done…. Okay, maybe a little time every morning while they’re talking with other farmers at the local gas station over cup of coffee or Diet Mountain Dew, but nevertheless the world needs them. 

This year our farm was fortunate enough to not have to run any irrigation. Here, a neighboring farm is irrigating their soybean field. Why do they have to irrigate and we don’t? Many things can play a role in that decsion. This field may have been planted later or earlier than our beans. Crops need water during critical growth periods in order to generate the highest yields. Miss a rain–miss some BPAs. (Bushels per Acre)

Regardless of what 2016 brought, farmers have to farm ahead to 2017.  Some may argue that farming is a choice and is no different than how other families try to make a living. Fair point, but here’s the catch: growing food, fiber and fuel is a job that we all rely upon. Today, roughly one percent of the nation’s population feed the remainder. That makes the difference.

                                                                                My husband & I rushing to finish planting for 2016 before the rain hit

We take care of the land 365 days a year. Rain, snow or shine. 

My sisters and I scooping snow out of feed bunks after a heavy snow. Our not-so-favorite pastime. Sure is a good workout though!

Don’t let the smiles food you–we hate working in the snow. Here my husband and  I are working to lay bales of cornstalks down for bedding for the cows. 

 

No matter what 2017 brings, life is what you make it. Make it a good year.

 

Have a very, very safe and Happy New Year.

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