I find it a little coincidental that a day after I received the last “hot off the press” Midwest Producer, in which I voiced a number of complaints about the grasshopper population, the numbers miraculously decreased. Evidently Mother Nature is not only a subscriber, but getting extremely tired of listening to my ranting and raving about her job credentials. So she decided to send golf ball-size hail to crush the evil critters. We were extremely fortunate as only a couple of pastures and half a circle of alfalfa were beat to the ground.
I’m going to jump on my soapbox here for a couple of sentences. One thing that I’ve always taken for granted – and the current storm made me appreciate once again – is our operation’s attitude. After surveying the damage, the Boss Man and uncle made the comment, “We were lucky, it could have been a lot worse.” Sure, we lost hay and pasture, and the storm made extra work for all of us, but everyone remained positive and was grateful for what we still had.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve seen time and time again in agriculture, especially family operations, is the lack of positive reinforcement. We’ve witnessed operations that weren’t able to handle the stress of dealing with family, and it’s heartbreaking to watch those operations fall apart. In the seminars that I’ve had the opportunity to present on dealing with family and being the next generation, I always use the following quote: “In order to get respect, you need to give respect.” It’s amazing how a little attitude change can make a day so much brighter.
We finished A.I.’ing the heifers. Bulls are out in the multi-sire groups, and A.I.’ing cows is next on the agenda. Haying is well under way, the meadows are very wet and we will be going back again later in the summer. The last of the PT bulls are being delivered to a repeat customer that has us drop them off in his breeding pastures.
Finally, in case anyone was keeping track, I did not rant or rave about Mother Nature once this whole article. I think I learned my lesson on that one.