What Are We Doing Here??

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Tyler Land

What are we doing here? Perfectly valid question…on so many levels. I suppose the most accurate answer is “when we figure it out, we’ll let you know.” We may or may not be making it up as we go. Just get in and hang on. It’ll be fun…and informative. I promise.

This grand experiment is the brainchild of Jim McArthur. I’ve just been drafted to write for this blog. Kinda like the President I guess. He has people that write all his stuff. I write Jim’s. Basically the same thing, right?

On a serious note, we have high hopes and good intentions for this project. There are lots of ag sites out there. Lots of ag related blogs. However, it seems they are overwhelmingly geared toward grain farming out west. Nothing wrong with that. However, the intent here is to focus specifically on the Tri-State area, our crops, and our way of farming as there currently seems to be a void there. Time will tell if it’s successful.

This is currently a fluid and multifaceted concept and we’re not entirely sure where it will end up, but we’re just gonna go with it. We want to talk about any and everything related to farming in the Tri-State area. We want to tackle issues and answer questions, or try to. What does the future hold? Found a new really awesome piece of equipment or power tool? Tried a new technique that’s given awesome results? Having a persistent issue? Let’s talk about it. All of it.

Our grandparents used to go to the local diner or coffee shop in the morning and would talk about common issues and problems. We don’t do that today. In many ways it’s a lost art and that’s regrettable, but we don’t have the time. We’re scheduled from can until can’t with a million things. Let’s use this as a virtual diner and sounding board to try and collectively find solutions. Rest assured if you’re having an issue with something, someone else likely has already dealt with it or is currently dealing with it. Maybe they’ve found a solution or they’ve tried something you haven’t and vice versa. Hopefully all can benefit from the collective knowledge, problem solving, and conversations about Tri-State farming. As they used to say on Schoolhouse Rock, “knowledge is power!”

In addition to this blog, there’s the podcast and the YouTube channel. Check ‘em out. Give a follow. Give a thumbs up. Give a five star rating. Have a suggestion for a topic on the podcast? Or the blog? Or the YouTube channel? Let us know! We always welcome suggestions for material. It can be tough consistently coming up with that stuff.

Farming is unlike anything else out there. It is both a unique way of life and a business. Those who live the life understand. Those who don’t never will. In no other profession will you experience the ups and downs in one year that you do in farming. In no other profession do you just hope to break even every year. In no other profession on average are 3 out of every 5 years considered “bad years.” And yet, all jokes aside, most farmers would rather do nothing else. Perhaps it’s insanity. I’m not sure. Whatever it is, I can relate. I’d rather be on a tractor than in my office any day and I treasure the days I get to be on a tractor.

The world has certainly come a long way in the last 50-100 years. It’s more advanced and complex than ever. Farming has not been exempt from this evolution. My grandfather is 83. He started his farming career with mules and ended with the equipment we have now—GPS guidance, massive plows, huge harvesting equipment, and yields that were unimaginable a few decades ago. Fifty years from now, who knows where we’ll be. I’m sure our grandparents could not have imagined what we’re seeing today. It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for sure.

We’re not sure where this grand experiment will lead, but I promise it will be a fun ride. So, come on and go with us, down the field rows.

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