I really don't know that much, I just know what we do pretty well, which as Robert points out, is different depending on what you do with the farm. Here we have raised mostly potatoes, sheep, dairy cows and chickens, so its different then other farmers in other parts of the country, not to mention our 100 day growing season.
Originally Posted by Rob Keeble
Overall its interesting. With farming such a huge impact on everyone's life here, its what we talk about. The price of milk, the price of commodities, tractors and trucks. I remember being 10 years old when my Grandfather spent hours in the barn one day explaining how to make money with the stock market. Buying shares, selling shares and when and how to do all of it while literally juggling railroad cars of potatoes, and tomatoes because he always dealt with the commodities market. Pretty hard to beat a education like that when you are hip deep in potatoes and realize something so tangible is about to be bought and sold a few times before they reach someones dinner plate. Farming just gives you a different perspective on things.
I guess just yesterday the Amish here had borrowed a tractor and were doing some hay when something broke in the transmission, the tractor rolled down over the hill, through a rock wall and smashed into a tree and literally broke in half. The whole clan got together, got dressed up in their Sunday best and went and saw the farmer whose tractor they borrowed and vowed they were getting a team of horses together to pull the tractor out of the woods before nightfall.
The man just laughed and said,"Why don't you grab my John Deere and finish your haying, its not like anyone is going to steal a tractor that is broken in half in the middle of the woods!."
We got snow coming on Sunday, and the hay is down now which changes priorities. The tractor can wait, not to mention, "things just happen". We get along with the Amish, but they got to learn our way of doing things too. We don't get too excited and farming ALWAYS comes first. Get the hay in now, fix the tractor later...
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 11-01-2008 at 07:39 AM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"