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Ag Day on May 9th, 2012 at Gilfillan Estate

5th grade Ag Day is set for May 9th, 2012 at Gilfillan Estate

The purpose of the day is to expose 5th graders to a hands on experience of the diversity of agriculture and farming in today’s economy.   Even in our rural communities the majority of these students do not have access to farms and no longer have the opportunity to learn how Food, Fiber, Feed and Fuel are grown, cared for and delivered to our retail stores.

Students from area school districts are invited to attend.  This year we are happy to provide this opportunity to Redwood Valley, Cedar Mountain, Wabasso, BOLD school districts as well as an adopted 5th grade class room in the Twin Cities.   All five of these schools will experience and tour a poultry farm, dairy parlor, cattle feed lot, corn/soybean field as well as presentations from a sheep, alpaca, and pig farmers. And as they learn about the history of Agriculture at the Gilfillan Estate.

The Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism Ag Committee has been offering this program to Redwood Area Schools for 20+ years.  Last year we were able to reach out to 224 students in the local districts.

Corn Capital Innovations believes in the continuation of education and exposing our community to agriculture.  This event is a great step in promotion of production agriculture, and we are happy to support the Ag Committee to continue to offer such programs.

Ag Committee Members include: Joel Mathiowetz, Scott Kodet (HomeTown Bank), Kirby Josephson (Minnwest Bank), Jim Dumdei (Corn Capital Innovations), Pat Hansen (Thrivent Financial), Matt Johnson (Bremer Bank), Caleb Hinkkanen (Titan Machinery), Andy Simon (Titan Machinery), Mike Roach (Pioneer), Kevin Kvistero (USDA), Thor Kaardal (Kaardal Insurance), David Krenz (United FCS), Cori Lecy (United FCS), Jeremy Daberkow (FFA Advisor), Paul Brezina (Monsanto Pre-Foundation), Matt Samyn (Monsanto),  Mike Uhlenkamp (Uhlenkamp & Associates).

Patience is the Companion of Wisdom

“Patience is the companion of Wisdom” –  Saint Augustine

How many years have you been farming?  20? 30? 40 years?  Over those years how many times have you not been able to get the crop planted? Once? Twice?  The answer for most farmers is never.  While some years it may have not always been as early as you wanted and your crop plan might have been altered but eventually the crop does get planted.  So historically you do have the knowledge and wisdom to know that you will have time to get a crop planted.  Since you have the knowledge and wisdom then you must continue to have patience.  But as a farm boy myself I know how frustrating it is to be patient, especially as the days roll on.  It’s hard to be producer with no crop in the ground, after all this is our livelihood, it is what we were born to do.  But Patience is a Virtue in today’s farming world, especially with the 1000+ variables you have to manage throughout the growing season.

As we are at the middle of May the pressure that many of you are feeling to get your corn crop in the ground continues to grow.  But remember that you are on your own schedule, not your neighbors.  Do not let the “coffee shop” talk play a factor in your crop production plan.  The later we get in the year the more important your decisions are.  That means that your mistakes are magnified, not reduced.  Planting conditions must trump all decisions before you head into that field.  Not the date on the calendar or what neighbor Joe is doing.

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