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Farmer Iron

Listen Closely

Funny what you hear at meetings...really.

I go to my fair share of meetings and you hear quite a bit. Like the guy who tells me his son who lives in Minneapolis drove to Iowa over the winter and it was the "first time the snow got deeper as he went south."

Or the comment from a commodity group official who was surprised I had guessed he was still in the field combining in January.

Or how about the comment that 26% of North Dakota corn is still standing in the field, and as for lodging? Well it doesn't lodge when the snow is as deep as the ears. Now as it melts...

You're an observant bunch and weather is an area that gets a lot of attention - too dry, too wet, too hot, too cold. As someone who's lived in a lot of places, I can just tell that I enjoy the one constant of weather - change.

But through the hardship of a tough winter - or a very soggy spring - the humor shines through. It's what gets us through the day. And I love a good laugh.

So as March comes to a close and we're all in the heat of the spring season in the next few weeks - from Southern and California readers already hard at it to Dakota friends who will be at it into June - keep a smile on your face. You're still the most productive food producers in the world - despite what Nature has thrown at you.

You've got the best technology at your fingertips and I know you're using it - matching seed to soil; yield data to fertility information thanks to the best in precision ag.

If you've got some pictures to share - the offer still stands - just email them my way at and we'll run them in this blog.

And keep smiling.

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