Monday, July 22, 2024
Chris Judd

The seven bank accounts of a farmer: #2 Seed

“You reap what you sow.” If you plant goodwill and friendship, you will likely have lots of friends and help when you are in need. If someone is a “me, me, me person” they may find themselves alone when they need someone.
When our ancestors first pioneered this great land, they quickly learned to help and depend on neighbours to do many jobs that seemed easier and a lot more fun if people helped each other. They also learned that not everyone had carpentry skills or could butcher a hog or a deer as skillfully as a neighbour. They also learned quickly that if you planted clean grain without weed seeds, in the fall you harvested clean grain too. They also learned that if a neighbour’s crop was usually better than theirs, a bag of seed grain from his farm would usually grow a better crop on their own farm too.
Two hundred years later, many colleges test hundreds of varieties of corn, wheat, oats, alfalfa, etc. for yield, standability, protein content, energy yield per acre, digestibility, winter hardiness of alfalfa, which corn variety has the highest bushel weight of the grain, and many other desirable traits. Farmers choose the variety that best suits their needs. For instance, brown midrib corn makes more digestible corn silage. High bushel weight corn has a higher selling price at the elevator, but soft textured starch. Low bushel weight grain corn is more . . .

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