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Across the Editor's Desk: New reading triggers old memories

Agriculture.com Staff 03/01/2006 @ 2:59pm

A requirement for editors at Successful Farming magazine is to keep our minds highly engaged in the future. We seek ideas and trends to help you plan and prepare your farms for a rapidly changing world.

But the older I get, the more my new reading seems to trigger old memories. Such was the case recently with two items that came across my desk in the same day.

The first was "What a deal," the Personal Perspective column by Betsy Freese. Betsy writes a wonderful tribute to Clarence Walk, 83, upon his retirement after 54 years as a farm equipment dealer at Indianola, Iowa.

The key to Walk's successful career was always behaving true to the words we learned from our parents. "To stay around for a lot of years, you have to be honest, because if you're not, sooner or later it catches up with you," he told Betsy.

Another item I read moments later quickly tapped a deeper well of memories of my boyhood dealer, Heine Implement, with three locations in Grundy County, Iowa. The item was from the "50 Years Ago" column in the Grundy Register.

The paper told of Heine's upcoming three-day 20th anniversary celebration. I was there and easily remember the smell of new Farmalls.

I also recall my dad's endless patience in dickering over machinery. I never appreciated then his tactics of wearing down Mr. Heine.

Trying to act grown up, I hung around the tractors with the men. But my 8-year-old heart quickly moved me to Heine's toy display.

Of all the trips with my dad to Heine's, he always had to pull me away from the farm toys. Rarely did I take home a new piece. But those few times when I did, I know my dad was as happy for me as when he bought a new H, M, or 450 Farmall.

If you still have a heart for farm toys, as I do, you'll enjoy Toy Farmer magazine. Check it out by calling 800/533-8293 or by visiting www.toyfarmer.com.

If you're a collector of old iron, don't miss the restoration ideas and fun packed into every issue of the Ageless Iron(r) Almanac. To subscribe, call 800/457-8762.

And (speaking as your conscience) if you're spending too much time thinking of the past instead of preparing a transition plan for your family farm, I urge you to read Ag-planner/IV: An Agreement Builder for Family Agribusinesses by Don Jonovic. To order Ag-planner/IV, call 800/678-5752 or order from the Farm Home Collection.

Loren Kruse can be reached at loren.kruse (at) meredith.com.

A requirement for editors at Successful Farming magazine is to keep our minds highly engaged in the future. We seek ideas and trends to help you plan and prepare your farms for a rapidly changing world.

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