Monday, October 29, 2012
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Special feature from the  Farm Outlook Fall 2012  magazine

Peeking above the trees ...

By Jim Youngquist

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[October 29, 2012]  This is the Midwest, the home of the independent, self-sufficient spirit. And the home of the corn and beans desert.

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 around here.

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.

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We join their optimism and thank the ag producers and suppliers of Logan County for their labors and their continued devotion.


Be sure to check out all the articles
in the Farm Outlook Fall 2012 magazine:

  • 2012 in review

  • 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

    • Troy Rawlings: Benefits of GMOs

  • An optimistic outlook


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