Host a non-ag group on the farm

Host a non-ag group on the farm

Class in session: Consider hosting non-farm groups to build good public relations for your farm and agriculture

Wednesday night we knocked off a bit early to host a small class from a local community college. The pilot class is designed to survey different facets of agriculture. This week's focus was on production agriculture.

In attendance were three young women and the instructor. Informal conversation ranged from organization and operations of our farm to "big data" to feeding the growing world population to sustainable agriculture to agritourism and more.

Two of the young ladies came from a livestock background, the third was not a farm girl but has an aunt who works for a feed mill. It sounds like they all have an eye on Ag related careers.

Class in session: Consider hosting non-farm groups to build good public relations for your farm and agriculture

We always enjoy hosting groups. Honestly, it is something all farms need to do a better job of. Times have changed. There is certainly a disconnect between the farm and the consumer. We periodically welcome riders into the tractors or combine. We especially enjoy youngsters and try to give them the nuts and bolts of what is happening around them.

Several years ago, we hosted a group from New York State. I think we may have learned as much as they did. It was interesting to learn some of the geographical differences in farming.

Other activities this week included consolidating remaining grain into one bin of corn and one bin of soybeans. Crop insurance was out to take measurements so we know our inventory at the start of harvest.

Radiant floor tubing was installed and pressure checked prior to the concrete being poured in the new storage building. Looks as though they got it done just in time yesterday. Hopefully the concrete cured enough before the rain began falling early Friday.

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Finally, the big news: Harvest has begun. There were some major hiccups with the setup of the combine that was delivered last week, but we did finally get it into the field for a test run Thursday. We should be ready to go once it stops raining. Corn moisture was in the low 20s, but one of the issues was with the yield monitor, so we don't have an indication of yield yet.

The opinions of Kyle Stackhouse are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

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