People outside of agriculture sometimes seem to think that farming is nothing more than throwing some seed in the ground, coming back a few months later to harvest the crop and selling what you grew.
Well, doing those three things successfully requires constant learning. And there are so many areas to stay on top of; the long list includes weather patterns, international economics, political developments in Washington, DC., and advances in seed, chemical and equipment.
As an agriculturalist journalist, I’m always learning, too. I’ve spent part of the past two days at the annual International Crop Expo in Grand Forks, N.D., learning more about potatoes, tile drainage, fertilizer and the planting outlook for this spring.
You can read my stories from the event in the Feb. 20 issue of Agweek.