Merry Christmas to everyone online today! Enjoy the day and the entire holiday season. It's been a strange, rough year in many respects. Enjoy whatever time you can put together with family and friends. That's a sincere wish form the staff of Farm Progress Companies and Indiana Prairie Farmer.
Since it's Christmas, here's some lighter thoughts for you. A few years ago, Bob Nielsen, the Purdue University corn specialist, helped put together a 'farmer's wish list' for Christmas. Here's our own version. Maybe Santa put some fo these gifts under your tree, or in the toolshed. If not, hey, there's always next year.
Enjoy our top 10 items on a 'Farmer's wish list.'
#10- an old-fashioned magic Eight ball- That way you wouldn't need to rely on Joe at the elevator of a marketing service to know when to sell your corn. You could just ask the 'Eight Ball' and read the reply in the window. Be careful if it says 'Today is not your lucky day.'
#9- a tractor that drives itself, without you in it!- Auto-guidance is cool, and it's adoption rate curve is way ahead of the tractor or hybrid seed corn. But if you can buy a tractor that drives itself, why not one that would drive itself without you in it? Don't be so sure that liability issues aren't holding this one back more than technology.
#8- a yield monitor that tells you what to plant! – That's right, why not have a monitor that not only prints a pretty yield map, but prints prescription maps for fertilizing and variable seeding rates for next year, all at the touch of a button. It would be one-stop-shopping for anyone hooked on precision farming.
#7- the biggest grain cart ever made! Wouldn't it have been useful this past fall? You could have turned it into rolling grain storage, which likely happened anyway.
#6- a second buddy seat in the tractor cab- Why not put one on each side of the cab? Your grandchild can still sit in one. And you're GPS- electronic guru could sit in the other. Hey, add a second-story to the cab and carry along your agronomist, and you could interpret data right on the spot- just in case Santa didn't deliver on # 8.
#5- more horsepower under the hood- How many horses in a tractor are too much? For those of you who still believe the answer is in the country song with lyrics like 'A woman too pretty? There's no such thing,' maybe the answer is bringing back the Big Bud series. The originals have toured the country this past summer. Maybe Santa could drop one off at your place.
#4- a new toolshed- That would give you more room to store the stuff you only need once in a while, and when you need it, you can't find it, so you end up buying another one anyway, only to find the first one when you finally clean out the shed!
#3- corn that never rolls in the summer or gets moldy in the fall- Yeah, go ahead, ask Santa for this one- you probably believe in the Easter bunny too, right?
#2- A magic formula to raise the glass ceiling on soybean yields- A few farmers have done it, but most researchers find even throwing the kitchen sink at soybeans won't help push excellent yields over the top into super-high yields. Maybe what you need is a hammer to shatter that glass ceiling!
#1- The latest 'gee whiz' thing on the market- Hey, if Santa doesn't bring it, you can look for it at the next farm show. You'll need something to bring home to prove to your wife that you attended, right?