Here's how you can resist the temptation to go to the field too early this year. Even if it's warm outside, stay in the office and write an essay for the Indiana Prairie Farmer/CountryMark 2013 essay contest. If you already have your planter and sprayer ready to roll, this might be the next best use of your time in March, as far as earning profit is concerned.
CountryMark is offering incredible prizes for essays written by folks older than 21 years. Someone will receive 500 gallons of Super Dieselex 4 delivered to their farm. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that amounts to about $2,000. It would be pretty good return for a couple hours spent expressing your thoughts on paper. Second place gets 250 gallons, and third place gets 100 gallons.
The topic is to thank someone, living or dead, for whatever they meant to you. You can choose a relative or a teacher or anyone who has influenced your life. Maybe you haven't taken time to say thank you, or maybe you didn't say it until it was too late. Now is your chance to right the score. In the process, you could have a lot of free energy to burn this spring in field operations.
Essays need to be 250 to 350 words. There is also a youth division. Those 21 and younger can share their 'favorite barn yarn' in 250 to 300 words. The prize is $250 for first, $150 for second and $50 each for third and fourth place.
Your essay should include a cover page that clearly lists your name, age, address, phone number and cell number if you have one, and email address if that applies to you. Put a title on your essay.
Entries are due postmarked April 15. But don't put it off until you get busy in the field. Do it today! Send your entry to Susan Hayhurst, 14477 S. Carlisle Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802