Burn Out

Let’s face it, doing more work in a machine is about the last thing on a farmers mind right now. We’re tired, hungry, have used more JB Weld, hose clamps, and Gorilla tape to hold things together getting to the finish line than we would like to admit. A lot of our children’s Christmas money has been burnt up in bearings, openers blades, hydraulic hoses and energy drinks. I’m sitting here writing this blog at midnight because I just looked at radar and our 1% chance of rain turned into a fairly decent chance in about 4 hours from now. 

So out to the yard I go to get the combine inside that is currently half full of wheat. If I put it inside it definitely won’t rain. If I leave it out, it’ll flood.  As I am walking back into the house I wanted to put these thoughts to paper. This whole ordeal made me think about the talks I’ve had with our team and network the past few weeks about how much work has had to go into this year; just to get a plant to come out of the ground and stay alive for even a short amount of time due to all the extreme weather hitting the plains. Delayed plantings, flooding, hail, no rain, tornadoes, and the list goes on. Seems like everyone is behind, and just when we cross the finish line of something, natural disaster hits.  

Farmers really are a fascinating group of people. We get up in the morning knowing virtually zero about what the day is going to actually end up being. We head out to war with the best of intentions only to be side tracked 101 different times, end up doing absolutely nothing that was intended and everything that you didn’t think you’d do. Reminds me of the saying an old friend of mine said, “It’s like looking both ways before crossing the street and getting hit by an airplane”.  We are pulled every which way known to man. 

I say all of this not to discourage anyone. Quite to opposite. Nobody is alone. If someone says they’re having a perfect year, they’re most likely full of crap. I know we are at a pretty good time to run a foliar pass on some corn, it could sure use some, but getting the motivation to batch mix and load and go run sounds repulsive and completely not what is on my mind to do. It’s at these times that I try to pull up a chair, pop a top, and sit on my shop porch and try to re-group and re-focus. I try and make a short list of what my top priorities are, and not make too many. Four to five seems to be a sweet spot for me. Maybe I should shut down for an hour and go have supper with the family.  Play ball with the boys for a bit, then get after it. Maybe I need to spend an hour on bookwork so I don’t get insanely behind more than I already am. The list is endless. But by the end I usually feel quite a bit better about things and find myself figuring out a “How can I” instead of “Do I have to do that…” 

As my vintage land lord that was riding with me in the combine said, “This is awfully good wheat, might ought to slow up a bit and enjoy it.”  True words right there. So let me encourage you.  Stay focused, don’t cut corners, do what you know works, and keep a good team around you. That last part has no price tag on it as it it truly priceless. 

Josh Pretzer – Singular Agronomics

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