Now, while you probably think of farming as a pretty independent job, we actually work with a team of others to make everything possible. On our farm, my husband and I take care of daily tasks and make all of the decisions, but we rely on our team for insight, expertise and resources to make sure we're using the best practices on our farm. Meet our team:
We have a few agronomists on our team. They come from the seed companies we work with, extension and our local farmer cooperatives. We turn to them to keep us up to date on corn and soybean genetics, they help us analyze our soils, and they assist us with scouting during the plant season so we can identify weed and insect problems, as well as find solutions for those issues.
One of my husband's tasks on our farm is daily animal care for our pigs. He works hard to keep them healthy by keeping them in a comfortable environment and giving them proper nutrition. And even though animal care is one of his top priorities, the pigs still sometimes get sick. When this happens, we work closely with our local veterinarian. We talk with our vet over the phone and they will come and walk through the barns if necessary to make a diagnosis and suggest treatment as needed.
To ensure a proper diet, we work with nutritionists at one of our local farmer cooperatives to make sure our pigs are getting balanced feed rations for their specific stage of growth and age. They combine corn, soybean meal, DDGS (dried distiller's grains - a byproduct from ethanol), vitamins and minerals to make a specific feed best suited for our pigs.
Our banker, accountant, and market adviser would be the point guards on our team. We count on all of these individuals for advice, insight and protection for the financial and marketing decisions we make. Farming takes a lot of capital, so we have entrusted relationships with these individuals to help us make farming a reality.
The farming community is very close-knit and My Farmer and I love and value networking with other farmers. Last month we met farmers from all across the United States through the Outstanding Farmers of America organization. We were able to learn from each other and benefit from each other's experiences and practices. Even though all of our farms looked different, we could relate with each other and provide help and understanding.
|My Farmer and I with the other members of the |
Outstanding Young Farmers of America Class of 2018