Pain And Gain In Farming

I talked recently with a farmer in northwest Minnesota, who had to leave some of his crop in the field because of a wet fall followed by freezing temperatures..

Not being to bring in all his crop was tough, the farmer said. But he also was thankful that the precipitation brightens the outlook for the 2013 growing season.

That’s the way farming is. Precipitation seldom, if ever, comes at exactly the right time. It seldom, if ever, comes in exactly the right amount. Farmers seldom, if ever, get exactly the right weather conditions.

Sometimes the weather brings both pain and potential gain. The farmer in northwest Minnesota has the right attitude to deal with such cases: The pain is real and can’t be ignored — and the same is true for the potential gain.