Letter to Dave

Dear Dave,

 

It has been a little while since my last letter to you, Dave. There’s been enough going on in life that my schedule got a little off. I feel like things are approaching normal now so it’s pen to paper time, so to speak.

I retired from the Sheriff’s Office about two weeks ago, Dave. Life is shaped a lot by what a person does for a living-even the way you think takes a lot of form from work. I took some vacation time the last month of my employment and it was strange not to have that daily structure. It was also a little amazing how much work I finished when I had so much time. It’s back to work at my new job now so my tasks will now have to be more compartmentalized and smaller.

It seems like we talk a lot about agriculture, Dave. The truth is agriculture is a huge part of the Midwest. Most farms are much larger now which means fewer people are farmers however most of us know a farmer or at least someone who works on a farm. I think people drive by a section of wheat or beans and think that it is a beautiful scene, which it is. It also represents millions of dollars in total value and, if it doesn’t get harvested, creates a kink in the local economic chain.

The sugar beets around the area are frozen into the ground if they did not get harvested, Dave. The soybeans are being harvested quickly right now at the ground is frozen which is much better than the mud. Recently, I drove past a harvested field and there were no tracks-a rare site but one that is occurring more often.

I took a little break and went out to bed for the cows, Dave. The weather has been miserable but the cattle look really nice. Yesterday, I really went after bedding for them in preparation for either winter or fall-whichever comes first. It looks like temperatures might be moderating a bit however I want to have a good plan for the cattle if things get ugly. I hauled in small bales into the barn and some large bales outside but out of the wind. If cattle have bedding and a windbreak, they usually do well.

Your weather conditions out in Carrington have been as bad or worse than ours, Dave. I saw the pictures of corn choppers driving through standing water and heard the stories of farmers unable to stock winter food because of storage conditions. I really hope for freezing temperatures which, although uncomfortable, will make movement on wet soil much easier.

Hope everyone is well in Carrington.

Your little bro

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