For Christmas, please bring me a soil probe and a new pair of mud boots. I’m sure you know the ones I like. I have been good this year, I promise. I hope the fact that I am thirty-five doesn’t discount me from your list, because in addition to my probe and boots, I have a few requests for others, too…
Please bring us a prosperous 2014, wheat with ample amber grain, soybeans stacked with pods, and corn with monstrous ears. Please bring us timely rains, forgiving soils, and generous heat and sun.
For my fellow employees, I ask for a safe and productive year, that we watch out for each other through thick and thin and work together when chaos sets in. I ask that we end each day a better person than we were at its start, always keeping our common goal, our producers’ success, at heart.
Let the world know the work and dedication it takes to produce the food it needs and understand that the Earth is in good hands. We have been good this year. We do our best to be good stewards of what we were given, protecting the Water, Land, and Air. We grow our crops and keep our animals with care, working to ensure that a safe and bountiful food source is ever there.
Our job will get tougher as our population grows. What is on the horizon nobody knows, but our history has proven that we are up to any challenge. I ask that we pass this legacy on to the next generation of producers.
Last, but not least by far, I ask for us all the willingness and strength to make our world better, finding solutions to the problems we face by working together.
Have a safe trip. My regards to Rudolph and the elves.
To all my readers, my dear valued friends, I hope this holiday season finds you healthy, happy, and surrounded by the love of friends and family. After the New Year we will get back to all topics agronomic, but this week, I want you to know how much you all mean to me and that I am thankful for your most wonderful support.