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CLAYTON RYE

By Staff | Dec 18, 2015

The year of 2015 is winding down fast and we are down to only days of 2015 left.

It sounds trite to say the year went by quickly, but it did go by quickly.

A year ago, I was thinking about my 50th high school class reunion. Now it is in the past; it was done six months ago.

The 2015 crop year is in the books. Fields are bare and ready for spring. Some of the crop has been delivered and some of it stored.

We are making plans and lining things up for 2016 without knowing what 2016 will hold.

Of course, we did the same thing a year ago for 2015 and it seemed to work out.

While prices were down, yields were up that somewhat helped offset those low prices. It’s all about the gross.

Nobody is looking for high prices in 2016. Supplies are more than adequate and end users are not worried about buying inventory.

Whether a price is good (or not) depends if you are buying or selling. It’s that simple.

It is easy to enjoy the ride when prices are good and incomes are high.

High prices are forgiving of poor management and conversely, low prices will sharpen managerial skills. Many decisions will be second and third guessed before being made.

We will adjust to a lower income, while we wait for better prices sometime off in the future.

In times like we have going into 2016, there are those moments when we wonder why we are in production agriculture because more things are at risk.

After a few thoughts, we realize that while we need to make a living, there is more to agriculture than only the financial part.

We do this because we contribute to a greater good to provide a steady supply of products for food, fuel and fiber at affordable prices.

And there are personal reasons for what we do. Those personal reasons are the people around us, be it friends or family that make our lives worth living.

When someone makes a big change in life, such as a career change or moving to a different location, they will say what they miss the most of what they left behind is the people they no longer see frequently.

So, agriculture, in whatever part of it a person works in, is a great place made great by the people who show up for work every day.

That part of the population that lives on the east or west coasts wonder why anyone would live in what is known as “fly over country.”

We know why. We know that this part of the country with its wide open spaces that I hear described occasionally as “the middle of nowhere” is actually the middle of everything good.

I wave to the people I meet on my road and sing with my neighbors at church.

I know the names of my neighbors, their children and probably their dog.

While we don’t know what 2016 will hold for us, we will make plans to once again make the most of what opportunities the year will have in store.

A year from now we will decide what kind of a year 2016 was and know that we wouldn’t want to do it anywhere else.

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

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