A season to forget

Agriculture.com Staff 12/14/2009 @ 2:45pm

Farm journalists, by nature of our jobs, are intruders. We have to be or we couldn't gather detailed information from farmers to create useful stories you want to read. It is a benign intrusion, for our mission is to glean from your experience your best ideas from which other farmers can learn.

In nearly every case, we are calling because you represent what we are all about -- successful farming. We call knowing that in nearly every case you not only will be generous in sharing your ideas but also will be generous with your precious time, especially for photography.

This harvest season, however, caused even this Old Ed to pause a bit before placing a call on a rare dry day when you could run hard. So to all of you who gave your time to editors and photographers of Successful Farming magazine during perhaps the most challenging and frustrating harvest season of your career, I thank you most sincerely.

May the year 2009 be remembered until you retire as your worst harvest season (at least as it unfolded through October) with no others even close! On my farm I will remember it as probably the only time in the past 80 years that no bushel was harvested until November.

In 1929, my parents were married and moved on the farm now under my care. That same year Successful Farming magazine launched a new section, All Around The Farm (AATF), packed with practical ideas to take right to the field or barn and put to work. The editors proudly labeled it "A Page Written By Our Readers."

AATF grew to become one of the most popular features in the magazine. In September 2008, the section expanded to three pages to give you even more hardworking solutions. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of AATF, we've packed the best ideas from the past five years into the 13th edition All Around The Farm book.

Paula Barbour, editor of the 108-page book, has expanded the number of categories of ideas and added close-up features of AATF award winners and other farmer inventors. Order the new All Around The Farm book for $14.95 by calling 800/678-5752 or clicking here.

Farm journalists, by nature of our jobs, are intruders. We have to be or we couldn't gather detailed information from farmers to create useful stories you want to read. It is a benign intrusion, for our mission is to glean from your experience your best ideas from which other farmers can learn.

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