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It’s a beautiful sunny Monday morning. There are signs of the weather we had this past weekend on the ground in the form of puddles and mud, allowing Derek a chance to work in the office for the morning rather than in the field harvesting beans. And as I sit here in the office next to him (who is currently on his phone for a conference call) I hear him tell colleagues that we had a little over an inch of rain and that our farm still has around 900 acres left to go before we can call an end to Harvest 2016 on our farm. Wait, did Derek just say we are nearly done? Or am I just convincing myself that is what he is telling the boys? In the meantime, every 10 minutes or so, our little heater here in the office turns on, reminding me that it isn’t as warm as it was weeks ago. Within a month or two, the heater may be pumping out warm air more frequently in our tiny 10 x 10 office, and I will be wearing a jacket to work rather than a light sweater.
I know that there are some of you out there that are still working on getting your beans off, and perhaps getting your equipment ready for corn harvest, there are others in our area that have officially put Harvest 2016 to bed. But the truth is, it’s never really over… right?
Years ago, I just assumed that once harvest was done, that was when my Grandfather would put his feet up and rest. I admit, I was very wrong in that assumption. I quickly learned that when the combines leave the field at the end of the season, all that truly happens is more work. Drying, ditching, field work prepping for the next season, marketing, courses, grower meetings, learning about new products and technologies and deciding what might work for your next years crop, paying bills, getting bookwork in order for the accountant, working your second job, hauling grain, building new sheds, putting up new bins, tuning up equipment, deciding which pieces of equipment stays or goes, pricing out seed and fertilizer, and for some working on their succession plans. I’m sure I have missed many other tasks that are associated with farming, it feels at times the list never ends. I’ve only been part of this life for 16 years. I’m no expert, I’m just an observer of all the hard work you all put in to your operations and to say I’m impressed by you all is really a huge understatement.
With the large to-do list noted above, I do hope that you can carve out some time to put your feet up for a moment, and enjoy the fruits of your hard work this past growing season. Spend time with your families, that either worked side by side with you, or missed having you around during the late summer and during the fall.
I will never forget the tweet Derek sent out last year, followed up by a voice mail message to our daughters on how much he missed them and how thankful he was that they supported him.
We here at Derek Erb Seeds hope that each and every one of you have a safe and successful harvest this year, and we hope you know how much your hard work on your farm is appreciated by so many!