Friday, May 29, 2019
By Krista Lottinville
Young Leader Committee Member
Very little field work has been done here in Northeastern Illinois. This is one of the later and wetter springs that I can remember, but being a young leader, this probably isn’t saying much. If you ask some of the more seasoned farmers though, they can remember several wet and late springs in their farming careers. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that farmers were waiting until mid-May before starting to plant their crops.
It is easy to let this unusual weather get to you upset, stress you out or even make you angry. In the words of my father, “There’s nothing I can do about the weather, so I’m not letting it get to me.” If your planter isn’t ready to go, or you made the wrong seed selection or played a round of golf on a day you should have been working ground, that is something to get upset about – you had control over those things. Mother Nature has her own ideas for this year, so don’t let that get you down.
This year may not be a bumper crop, but I have faith that the crops will get planted and they will yield. Isn’t that what every farmer has when they start there next cropping season? Faith? Very few businesses in the world operate on, and are dependent on, Mother Nature and a little faith. To all the farmers out there, I have faith in the weather and I have faith in you.