Forum in Photos

On Wednesday we had another successful Winter Innovation Forum where several hundred farmer-members and non-members attended the event to listen to industry leaders present on energy, global markets, political and policy changes, management solutions and agronomic updates, advancements and more. It was a full day!

We thought rather than try to even begin to explain how the day turned out, we’d share with you some photos of the event.

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Many thanks to everyone who attended, at partners who had displays, our speakers who each brought so much insight to the attendees and Harvest Land employees who put in countless hours to produce such an event. 

Confused Winter = Opportunity

Have you seen the weather forecast for the week ahead?

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A year ago we wondered if a snow storm might prohibit farmers from making their way to the Winter Innovation Forum (it didn’t, but the way; 700 growers showed up) and this year we wonder if potential attendees may be planting corn.

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Mother Nature is sure playing an interesting card and keeping temperatures above freezing for the next 15 days. The problem with abnormally warm temperatures in February is that people begin to get a little too aggressive on their spring planning and a (very likely still to happen) cold snap could really mess up the best laid plans.

For instance:

crocuses-wallpaper-1343-1474-hd-wallpapersGrandma’s crocuses are coming up and she’s already looking for a reason to begin searching for perennials to plant. Crocuses are beautiful, but seeing them in February means their pretty buds may not make it through the month of March when the cold, true winter weather returns. Additionally, she’s already filled the north end of the dining room table with her garden starts, anxious to get seed in the ground. Now her dining room table only seats 3 instead of six; that’s why you’ll have to eat in shifts.

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Mom already washed and stored all of the coveralls in a wishful-thinking kind of way. She is hoping that Mother Nature is, in fact, a Mother and no mom in her right mind would want to bring out the worn out Carhartts once they’ve been double washed and stored.

 

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While the warm winter weather may seem like a good time to celebrate spring, the truth is that this is an ideal time to get fertilizer spread on your fields. Take advantage of the sunshine and dry days and prepare now for spring’s work load. Spreading fertilizer in February reduces future work load in the extremely busy spring days. Contact your YieldPro Specialist now to take advantage of this window in February to get some of April’s work done.

That way you have more time for other things, such as helping Grandma plant those tomatoes or lugging that 50 lb. tote of clean Carhartts up to the shop loft for your mother.

 

LAST CHANCE!! Register for the 2017 Winter Innovation Forum here

 

Seats Filling for Winter Innovation Forum

We were going through our Winter Innovation Forum registrations and noticed a few names not on the list.

Yours was actually one of them.

This single-day event saves you the time and hassle of attending 5 farmer meetings throughout the cold months. Instead, register now to attend our Winter Innovation Forum and get the information you need to thrive – not just survive – in this agriculture climate.

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This event will be well worth your time,
and that is a statement we’ll stand behind.

Four Proven Truths About Farmer Meetings

We had our 2017 Annual Meeting Tuesday night at the county fairgrounds. Our farmer-members have schedules that are inundated with meetings, so annually we discuss the value in each meeting that Harvest Land hosts or organizes.

This meeting continues to draw a larger crowd than we anticipate each year. Tuesday we counted 12 seats not filled. That’s cutting it too close for comfort according to the event coordinator! This evening consists of a brief business meeting, the announcement of Board election results and a meal catered by Willie & Red’s.

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Year after year, as farmers file in the doors to get away from the January weather, we can count on a few consistencies. Perhaps because farmers are set in their ways, or are somewhat predictable, we can always count on these four proven truths about farmer meetings:

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You can expect early arrivals.

I don’t know what it is about farmers, but they’re quite often early and very rarely late. Last evening may have been a record; one couple showed up more than an hour prior to the meeting starting. No doubt, had crops been in the ground they would have arrived just a little later (but never late), only because they would have driven 45 mph. all the way to town as they checked out how neighbors’ crops were doing. But in January? I guess they just wanted to be first in the food line. Which brings me to the next point.

You’ll never throw out food.

Ever. No food goes to waste because farmers are conservative savers and appreciative of a meal with their community. There was food left over Tuesday night and our CEO stood and announced that seconds were available. There was then an instant choir of chairs scooting across the concrete floor as folks stood to fill their plates, again. But even after seconds from our farmer-members, we had food left over. This is where the spirit of rural America (rather than the appetite) set in: a loyal co-op customer and his wife packaged every ounce of the remaining food (roast beef, friend chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, broccoli salad, coleslaw, rolls with butter and 5 different desserts) and delivered it to the local soup kitchen. We were so happy to have this meal bless others in our community this week.

You’ll never leave with goodies to take back to the office.

We set up a display table with assorted information about our business services as well as “trinkets” with our logo on them. The trinkets consisted of several of each of the following: farmer caps, winter knit hats (I call them toboggans, but some think that’s a sled), 2017 calendars, ice scrapers, insulated lunch totes and ink pens. Do you know how many items I had to pack up after the event? Three: A stray rubber band, a calendar and a lone ink pen. My dad always said, “If it’s free, take two” and I guess most farmers have that same mentality.

You can expect late departures.

As sure as the early arrivals will roll in, you can count on having to push some farmers (or, farmers’ wives?) out the door at the conclusion of the meeting. We hate to use the phrase, “You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here,” so we just start cleaning up our venue in hopes that they’ll catch on to the fact that the meeting ended an hour ago. If that doesn’t work, we resort to shutting off rows of lights, one at a time. If push really comes to shove, we remind folks that they’ll see their friend (or, competitor?) at the diner in 9 hours to continue their anhydrous conversation over coffee.

Things are changing fast in our world, but isn’t in great to know that as sure as change comes on, some things will always stay the same? We look forward to this event every year because it brings in new members and old, to one event to celebrate another harvest in the books over a meal, together.

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Thanks to everyone that attended our 2017 Annual Meeting.
We’ll see you next year.
Save me a seat close to the dessert table, won’t you?