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By Staff | Nov 23, 2012

As this is Thanksgiving week, it would be certainly more than an appropriate time to look back and give thanks for what we have.

Even with a drought still in effect, I believe there is room for thanks. My yields were down and my bushels reflect the most recent USDA report showing corn bushels down with a fairly good soybean harvest.

Last August I was sure that my crop insurance would have a great effect on my income for this year. I was very thankful for my crop insurance coverage.

While the yield monitor on the combine told me what I suspected, yields were still good enough that I was above my yield guarantee covered by crop insurance.

Once again, I will pay my crop insurance premium while collecting nothing, even in a year of severe drought as prices are high enough to exceed my revenue guarantee.

I told my banker last week that I have good news and bad news and that both of them are the same news. I told him my corn yield and my soybean yield numbers.

The numbers told me my yields were down from my annual proven history (the bad news) and still above my yield guarantee (probably a form of good news considering the year we had).

Going into a new year, I have half of last year’s corn and soybean crops without a price for which I am thankful, especially if prices could rebound a little.

However, the prices of today are fairly good so it means we will be around for another crop year even if we sell into the current market, something else to be thankful for.

Coming out of last year’s extreme weather, there are more reasons to be thankful for than reasons to complain. We have our problems facing us next year, but I am also thankful for our ability to do our best in unfavorable conditions and prevail in spite of them.

I am thankful the election is behind us. Whether your candidate won or not, we continue to live in a great country that in spite of those who say detracting things about our country, it remains as a place where more people want to move to than want to leave.

Our country is not perfect, but if you can show me a better country to live, then I suggest you move there.

I am thankful to have reached the age I am now, a little wiser and not too much worse for the wear. I hope life’s end is not even close. I have a few things left to do.

I am thankful for all the people who fill my life, which would include my spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings and their children, extended family, friends, co-workers, and of course, faithful readers of my writings, whether they agree with me or not.

I read quite a few years ago that having an “attitude of gratitude” keeps a person’s positive perspective of life.

For best results do not limit yourself to counting your blessings to once a year during a Thursday in late November.

I try to keep a daily attitude of gratitude and for that I am thankful.

Rye is a Farm News staff writer and farmer from Hanlontown. Reach him by e-mail at crye@wctatel.net.

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