On January 1 we celebrate new beginnings, but usually by the 23rd of the month the gym parking lots are no longer packed.
On February 14 we celebrate love, but usually by the 24th the roses have wilted.
On July 4 we celebrate independence, but by the 5th the fireworks have lost their sparkle.
On December 25 we celebrate Christ’s birth, but by the 26th we’re thinking about returns and taking down the tree.
On September 11 we all remember a day that forever changed American life and history, but by September 13th political wars are again raging within our native land and we’re once again divided.
September 11, 2001 is a date in which we’ll never forget where we were when the events unfolded. Just like when Kennedy was shot or the Challenger exploded, it seemed for just a minute time stood still and nothing else mattered but that moment being chronicled on the television screen.
Unlike New Year’s Day or the Fourth of July,
the days that followed September 11, 2001
are the days that we miss the most.
We miss the American spirit that began raging like fire across the open prairies and city streets.
We miss the abundance of American flags being displayed at high school football games, on interstate overpasses, by motorcyclists traveling cross-country, those hanging from 15th-floor apartment balconies and painted on old rural barns.
We miss the way Lee Greenwood became a household name and voice again.
We miss the way that nothing mattered for a few days but the safety of our families and that we were all together. If just for a brief time, family dinners, phone calls and visits became normal again.
We miss the way that a sense of pride came over Americans and we were determined to take on the enemy that slept outside our great borders, as long as we were facing them, together.
We miss the days when we took a true interest in what was going on in our country and paid great attention to current world events.
We miss seeing, reading, and saying, “United We Stand” and truly believing it.
We miss September 13, 2001 and we often wish that our country could go back to that day. Not the sheer horror, confusion or numb shock of September 11, but the unity, patriotism and compassion for one another that came in the days that followed.
Can we get back there?
Can we get back to honoring our flag and teaching our children the significance of those colors?
Can we get back to being proud to live in this great country because of the opportunities we have at our calloused fingertips, our rich history that made us who we are and the beautiful landscapes that offer so much in the way of food, fiber and enjoyment?
Can we get back to compassion instead of competition, kindness instead of animosity and service instead of solitude?
Can we get back to more prayer and less political divide?
We think we can, and we hope you agree.
Today we’ll go about our business at the ag centers.
We’ll spread lime,
and haul diesel fuel,
and prepare facilities for harvest,
and deliver propane for the winter months ahead.
Today, on September 13, 2019, we’ll take off our Harvest Land caps when the National Anthem plays on the country radio station over lunch, and we’ll remain proud to be operating in the greatest country in the world.
Harvest is around the corner, and now is the time to make the decision on a fall fertilizer application. There are many benefits to applying fall CN, and this week we want to discuss them with you, our farmer-member.
Remember: Profitability always comes with good fertility.
YieldPro is the best way to manage fertilizer costs in your operation.
Logistically, fall application generally works out better because there is greater flexibility and a less compressed time frame.
Watch this brief video to hear Tyler Kilfoil, YieldPro Specialist and agronomist Steve Dlugosz discuss the great benefits of fall fertilizer application.
Last evening Harvest Land sponsored the meal at the 2019 Summer Harvest Supper at farmer-member Neil and LuAnn Gettinger’s home. The intent of this supper, organized by Wayne County Farm Bureau, was to invite consumers to share a meal with local producers and open the evening to conversation about food production.
Each supper table was set for six consumers and two producers. The producers consisted of dairymen, beef, poultry and swine producers, grain farmers, large animal veterinarians, and fruit and vegetable growers.
The consumers represented a large array of people, including business owners, teachers, insurance agents and more. The goal of the event was to have an open conversation about safe food production, and the evening proved that there is still a lot of questions out there!
Harvest Land believes strongly in educating the public about what we do. Our largest critics seem to be those who may misunderstand or are fearful based on misinformation. The Summer Harvest Supper is a perfect place to open that dialog and tell our story.
We’re proud to have been a part of this event for three years and we hope the consumers have found as much value in it as we have.
Now more than ever, it is pertinent that growers manage their input costs wisely and Harvest Land has ways to help.
There are a variety of vendor offered programs for funding inputs. Some offer immediate cash discounts, or earnings on your investments to expand your purchasing power, others might offer reduced interest rates for funding with payments due at or near harvest time (matching payments with your cash availability) and some even offer 0% financing through harvest.
This week we wanted to talk about a cash flow management option that actually expands your dollar investment on the date you purchase the product using either your funds or optional borrowed funds. As programs rollout, we will be sure to keep you informed!
A second option we’d like to share with you is John Deere Financial’s Special Terms.
John Deere Financial is about more than just financing equipment, parts and repairs. Watch this video for an introduction to Special Terms Financing through John Deere Financial available through Harvest Land. Special terms financing may be available for the financing of your crop and farm fuel inputs purchased through Harvest Land.
The Special Terms programs provide repayment terms targeted to match cash flow timing and special interest rates on many ag inputs. Utilize the input finance calculator to assist you in selecting the right choice for your input financing.
We highly encourage you to reach out to your YieldPro Specialist to review these options and ensure you’re maximizing your cash flow options as we roll into 2020.
Those along the rural route are the type of people who care for and look out for each other.
We bring dinner when new babies arrive or matriarchs pass.
We help get cattle back in when fences go bad or bale hay when machinery breaks down and rain is on the way.
Our kids do the neighbors’ chores when they finally go on vacation and our grandparents cut out articles from the weekly newspaper when they think parents may need an extra copy.
So it should be no surprise when we tell you that 2019 marks the 10th Habitat for Humanity Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair. During years one through five, they built one house per year during the span of the fair. Then, in year six the goal was taken to the next level and since that time two homes are built during the fair, annually.
Harvest Land was proud to send four employees to work alongside employees from five other cooperatives. For a day of home building, sponsors are asked to make a $10,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity. This is not a small donation so it makes a big difference that member cooperatives were able to work together to share in the cost.
Jason Haney, Site Superintendent, told us that this is the only State Fair in the United States in which there is a Habitat for Humanity partnership and a whole home build happens.
And Harvest Land is a part of it!
Community service fuels the rural American spirit. We readily step in when needed and certainly aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. We’ll all agree that there is a certain satisfaction found when lying down for the night knowing that you helped someone in need. That is Cultivating Communities. That is Harvest Land.
When you spend an extended period of time with your coworkers, including those times during fast but furious springs, extended falls and endless winters, you tend to learn a little more about them. We consider it a pleasure that we’re able to get to know our employees outside Harvest Land. Spouses, children, grandchildren, pets, hobbies, and passions: we find it quite fascinating to learn more about the people that make Harvest Land the organization it is.
Dave Naylor works out of our Lynn Ag Center in Randolph County, Indiana. He is a true patriot, not only serving our country but also by constantly finding ways to help others in the area. When flooding rains came in September 2018, Dave was eager to jump in and help pack and stack sandbags in the community of Lynn.
He is known to us at work as Dave, but to others as Sergeant First Class (SFC) Naylor, Army Reserve Career Counselor (ARCC). You see, when he departs from the co-op gravel lot, he goes on to serve our country in a unique and admirable way. This week, we want to share with you Dave’s story with the Army Reserves.
Dave has 34 creditable years with the Army/ Army Reserve. His first association with the military was 1985 when he joined the Army Reserve at age 17. Can you imagine the weight of that decision at such an age? His desire to join was fueled by a family history of military service, patriotism and a strong sense of adventure. After about a year and a half of Army Reserve, he joined Active Duty. He served in the Army for three years then reentered Army Reserve and hasn’t left since.
For Dave, the idea of such a commitment to service was never a concern. In fact, he has committed 34 years to military, almost 29 years to his marriage, 29 years to Harvest Land and has donated over 100 units of blood. When commits to something, he does so wholly.
We’ll admit, in working with Dave to tell his story, we wanted to gain clarification of just what the Army Reserves are. The Army Reserve’s mission, under Title 10 U.S. Code, is to provide trained, equipped, and ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet the global requirements across the full spectrum of operations. The Army Reserve is a key element in the Army multi-component unit force, training with Active and National Guard units to ensure all three components work as a fully integrated team. So, we think it is safe to say that it is probably rare that Dave ever feels unprepared for his daily work at the co-op! He told us that most people may not realize that the Army Reserve is a great way to serve your country. For a relatively small amount of time investment, the benefits are substantial: Tricare, education monies, travel opportunities and acquiring job skills are a few.
When committing yourself to such service, there is bound to be challenges. Dave admits that his challenges are balancing family, civilian job and Army Reserve commitments. “I’m blessed to have a supporting family, and extended family within Lynn Ag, but even so I sometimes feel I’m trying to serve two Masters,” he told us.
On the other hand, such an experience offers many rewards. We asked Dave what has been the greatest reward in serving the Army Reserves.
“Through the years, I’ve met many incredible people, seen some awesome places and have had many moments of personal satisfaction, whether it was from completing a physically difficult task or helping a soldier learn a new skill, that to narrow all that down to “Greatest” is thought-provoking,” he responded, then paused. “Honestly, I have to say it’s the sum total of all my experiences.”
He also relayed that a great lesson he’s learned through the Reserves is that teamwork towards a common goal is a powerful thing and with teamwork, most things can be overcome. As a cooperative owned by 5,500 farmer- members and operated by 300+ employees, we couldn’t agree more.
Finally, in closing, Dave wanted to add this.
“I feel fortunate to work for a company that has supported me in my military career. We all know that in this line of work when it’s go time, it’s time to go! Through the years, some of my coworkers have had to take up the slack while I was away for duty. Even with that, I have never gotten any push back for having been gone, from coworkers or management. To all the veterans out there that may read this- thank you for your service.”
We’ll second that sentiment.
Harvest Land is proud to have Dave as part of our team for nearly 30 years. We admire and respect his service, greatly. Thank you, Dave, for your service, sacrifice and work you do on behalf of every American. Your volunteerism and heart for service are second to none.
On Tuesday we hosted our 2019 Answer Plot event outside Pershing, IN. We were nervous about low attendance numbers going into the event because of the frustrating season we’ve had. “Would growers attend in good faith that we still have sound agronomic information to share with them?” we wondered.
We were pleased with the number of farmer-members who attended this annual event and the level of participation. There was tremendous questions, conversation, and insight. Harvest Land is proud to continue to offer this event to our members when so many attend to prove it’s ongoing value. We thank all who joined us for the day.
This week, we want to share photos from the event.