Southern Spotlight: Wonders

James Banahan

James Banahan

Central Valley Ag Agronomy was fortunate to host the semi-famous Dr. Fred Below at a meeting last week.  For those of you who were in attendance, this might sound like a bit of review.  For those of you who weren’t however, read on, but first, just go Google the man and his Seven Wonders of High Yield Corn Production.  Really.  I’ll wait…

Since I know y’all can read, I won’t review all Seven Wonders here, but rather, I’d like to focus on two of my favorites, Nitrogen and Hybrid Selection.  (Surprise!  My favorite wonders are fertilizer and seed—the two horses I have beat to death in these articles the past few months…)

These two are my favorite for good reason: your operation is as important to me as it is to you, and the investment in the exact right hybrid and nitrogen plan are the two most significant investments you can make.  If I haven’t had a conversation with you sometime in the past two months about these things, then your own Field Sales Agronomist has, because he or she values your success as much as I do.  And all this significance, all this attention, it makes the purchase of fertilizer and seed pretty emotional, right?  They mean a lot to your operation and cost a lot, so never are these purchases easy peasy.

If you’re familiar with the Seven Wonders, you know that not all of them are within our control (like weather), and herein lies the greatest frustration of our jobs: we can make all the right decisions about our hybrids and nitrogen and still nothing is guaranteed.  Still the weather might send a hailstorm your way, or a drought, or a flood, and still the grain market might swing sad and low.  These are hazards of the job.  As we approach the end of the year though, I ask that you channel some holiday cheer and forget these hazards.  Let the weather and market do what they will, and focus on what you can control.  Have an honest conversation with your FSA about what you want to accomplish in 2015 and about what vision you have for your operation.

If you’re uncertain about how to even start such a conversation, or if your own vision for your operation doesn’t excite you, then my article for next week is especially for you.  I’ll cover a list of questions that you can ask your FSA—and questions that they can ask you!—as you plan for the 2015 season

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about why you should be thankful that you get to do the job that you do.  The fact is that I’m just as lucky that I get to do the job that I do.  Helping you make the decisions that maximize the return to your operation is an honor and an activity that I get to enjoy daily.

In closing, I hope that you have a special holiday season surrounded by those you love.  Enjoy a few restful and merry days with your family and friends!