Terry and Susan Hayhurst and their family weren't even home when tragedy struck at their farmstead last Christmas Eve. For the first time in 10 years, they were visiting Susan's parents in Florida. They go the call no one wants to get- their shop and a machine shed were on fire.
By the time they arrived home, the embers were cool but the damage was done. What had been a classy combine was a heap of warped tin. A self-propelled sprayer once featured on the cover of Indiana Prairie Farmer in a story about working with chemicals safely was little more than a pile of metal rubble, sitting on the ground without rubber tires.
If the name sounds familiar, it's because Susan writes a column, Hayhurst's Hayloft, and is a panelist on the Young Farmers Forum column in Indiana Prairie Farmer. She also does other free-lance stories for the magazine to help increase coverage in west-central Indiana. The Hayhursts are active in the registered Hereford business, showing their cattle at various large shows around the country.
In the November issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Susan will recount what they were thankful from despite the fire. Seeing how November is the month that contains the Thanksgiving Holiday, it's a good time to count blessings and see the glass half full instead of half empty.
Here's a teaser. For starters, one small shed that burned was only a short distance from the garage attached to their house. Yet the only damage to the garage was minor heat waffling. What saved them? The breeze that Christmas Eve morning in 2010 was out of the east. In that part of Indiana, it is almost always out of the west. The house and attached garage sat directly east to northeast of the shop, machine shed and other outbuildings that were gutted by the fire.
Part of the story she'll tell in her stories involves what you should know about your insurance, before something happens, not after. And she and her husband will offer suggestions about what insurance companies in general who ensure farmers could do to make the process smoother when a claim occurs.Look for the issue in your mailbox later this month.