Special feature from the
Farm Outlook Fall 2012
Peeking above the trees ...
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[November 03, 2012]
This is the Midwest, the home of the
independent, self-sufficient spirit. And the home of the corn and
On the front cover of the
Farm Outlook Farm 2012 magazine, we featured a picture of
the Atlanta smile-faced water tower, with the caption, "What's
he smiling about?" Sometimes it seems like he ought to be
changing his expression in light of the challenges we face
Since I moved here in the mid-'80s, there have
been some really good production years, and some not-so-good
years, like '88, '95, '05 and now '12.
Despite the odds, despite falling prices, despite the
weather, despite the pests, despite even the fungus, producers
and suppliers in this area remain a hardy, optimistic
lot. While they manage with a firm foothold in reality, they
plan carefully and operate with a healthy look forward, which
hopes on the next crop, the next season.
We join their optimism and thank the ag producers and suppliers of
Logan County for their labors and their continued devotion.
[By JIM YOUNGQUIST]
Be sure to check out all the articles
Outlook Fall 2012 magazine:
Yields: Complicated by aflatoxin
Hybrids saved us
Insurance claims in drought
Impact of drought on ag loans
Droughts: 1988 vs. 2012
Roundup: A view from all sides
How were the
farmers markets affected?
Introduction: Troy Rawlings