The Best Farming Advice Farmers Have to Offer – Part One

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We all need some advice every now and then. Whether it’s been a rough day or a plain terrible day, or you just want some words of wisdom; we have compiled to best farming advice we’ve seen from Farmers to help when you need a little pick me up!

Kellie For Ag: Remember on your worst days, you’re not doing this for the money, you’re doing this because you love it. Everyone has a bad day at work. Sometimes Farmer’s do too.

Matt Smith: Trust the lord he’ll bring you through it all

Milan Djurdjevich: My neighbor once, “if you can’t help someone out what good are you. ” With that in mind I try to help someone with my time or advice so they can better from that situation. Also with Christ as my Savior you will get through it in good and bad times. I tell people that all the time.

Hampton Ammons: We’re not in control, and the one who is, doesn’t make mistakes…leave you’re worrying alone and deal with what was dealt

James Sample: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Tom Nelson: as hard as it is to do take time for family those fields will be there forever Continue reading

What Makes Farming Worth It?

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What makes farming worth it? Even after the long days, the unpredictable crop, animal heart break…what helps you to keep an optimistic attitude? We asked fellow farmers what makes it worth it for them and boy did they answer! Check out all of the responses below.

Allen D.  Raising my kids right and doing what I love

Zack E. The feeling of a hard day’s work just to wake up and do it again

Dominick S. Knowing you’re feeding the world and trying to make it healthier

Dan-Rhea V. Doing what I love!. And knowing that it’s contributing to the world!

Candi N. Raising my kids to love the land and use their hands!!!

Robert S. Waking up every morning knowing I’m doing what I love and loving what I’m doing and knowing the harder I work the more it pays off and knowing that I’m feeding the world! Continue reading

You Know You’re A Farmer When…

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The weather forecast will determine how your day will go.

Your work clothes weigh quite a bit more by the end of the day due to all of the tools and other miscellaneous things you pick up through out the day.

You’re always late or can’t attend events due to farm chores, animal emergencies, equipment issues or just the fact that mother nature will wait for nobody and you had a field to finish.

Seeing farmland developed makes you hurt on the inside.

A good way to describe your day – Eat. Sleep. Farm. Repeat.

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Transformation Tuesday – John Deere Style

Tractor stories are the best kind of stories – especially when they involve some good ol’ JDs, some family history and elbow grease. Check out this story we received from Roland about the tractors he proudly restored back to fighting form, including a 1953 50 in honor of his father.

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Why We Love Farm Equipment and You Should Too

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Do you love farm equipment? Since leaving behind the oxen in the field, and picking up a tractor, farmers have been able to save time and money. Don’t get me wrong. Oxen are pretty special also, but they’ve been working pretty hard for us since 4000 BC. The tractor might just have been their ticket to salvation. And not only are tractors pretty awesome, but so is all farm equipment for that matter.

Look below and you will find 6 other reason why we should love farm equipment.

  1. A Good Cotton Picker (one person) can pick roughly 350 pounds of cotton a day. And that’s a very generous number. On the other hand a Cotton Picker (equipment) can pick 190,000 pounds of cotton a day. Holy cotton picker Batman! That’s a lot of cotton!
  2. Thanks to farm equipment, in 1940 the average American Farmer grew enough food for 19 other people. Modern advancements now allow the average farmer to grow enough for 155 people worldwide. I have only seen 155 people fed by one person once, and that was when my friend catered my wedding; and modern farmers are doing it every year!
  3. Because of farm equipment, farmers today produce 262% more food with 2% fewer inputs (such as seeds, labor and fertilizers) than they did in 1950.
  4. Tractors can have autopilot. Because of GPS, precision ag and telematics, tractors, sprayers and combines have become more self-guided, allowing themselves to accurately move about the field alone. Just make sure to flip your couch cushion every once in a while when you are managing your entire farm from that lone comfortable seat of yours.
  5. In the early 1900s, the combine harvester required the same number of people to operate it as they do today, however it needed 40 horses to pull. 30-36 horses were used to pull the combine and the rest to pull the grain gathering wagon. Combines in the early 1900s harvested 40 acres a day. Nowadays, the horses of modern combines are strictly under the hood, and combines are now able harvest an average of 150 acres a day.
  6. In the 1930s, before the machines were available, a farmer could harvest an average of 11.11 bushels of corn by hand in a one hour. Today’s combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour. To put that in perspective, that’s roughly 54,000 pounds of corn per hour; or 27 tons per hour; or 5 African Elephants per hour; or 1 blue whale (200 tons) every 7.5 hours.

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