Friday Night Lights

Kurt Wittler

Kurt Wittler

I know this is a “grain” blog, and I promise if you stay with it to the end, it contains some “can’t miss” grain marketing insights. As I write this, the corn market appears to be trending lower, and beans appear to be chopping sideways in about a 15 cent range. My mom used to tell me, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” My guess is that if I were to blog again about the market volatility over the past ten weeks, most would stop reading and simply wait for Kelby’s much more insightful article next week.

With that in mind, I want to talk about a couple of my favorite things; high school sports and small town Nebraska. I like college football and love the Huskers, but there is something special about high school sports in our state. It brings communities together as it provides a common passion. I may be biased, but believe that the more rural the community, the more “ownership” they take in their teams. My kids participated and are participating in sports at “Class A” Norfolk High School. We are very close to the smallest school in the class and compete against teams with more than twice the enrollment. I don’t have “official” attendance statistics, but when we play away games in Omaha or Lincoln, we generally have considerably more fans at the game than the home team.

Closeup of American football on field with yard lines.

Farm communities come together like none other. Whether it’s to support their local sports teams, their local volunteer fire department, a member of the community with health issues—and the list could go on and on. It seems like every year; there is a story of a farming community coming together to help one of their own harvest a crop. This often happens when a farmer has either tragically passed away, or because of a health issue where the farmer is unable to take care of it alone. I have been a part of two such events, and the sense of pulling together for something bigger never felt stronger.

I believe we are blessed to live in a rural state. Where you can count on one hand the number of cities with a population greater than 25,000 and a significant percentage of its people rooted in production agriculture. You truly are Special People.

Bold predictions:

  • Panthers 38 Discoverers 6
  • Huskers 24 Cougars 20
  • Corn and Beans will be higher or lower tomorrow.