Farm Talk

June 19, 2012

The Top 10 reasons the guy down the road may have a farm sale soon

by Mark Parker
CNHI

Parsons, Kansas — 10.  His cover crop program features cedar trees and sericea lespedeza.

 9.  He doesn’t have on-farm storage so he just leaves the crop in the field until he needs some cash.

 8.  His free-range poultry project may lead to a coyote lease hunting enterprise.

 7.  Never supplementing his cow herd saves money and those cows just seem to cull themselves.

 6.  It may look like strip tillage but actually his equipment is half-shot.

 5.  His exclusive 17-way cross breeding system and survival of the fittest animal health program gives sale barn order buyers the opportunity to visit the restroom.

 4.  He has this theory that the johnsongrass will get so thick it’ll choke out the cockleburs.

 3.  His spring-calving cows and his fall-calving cows swap places every other year.

 2.  His rotational grazing program involves his cows jumping the fence into your pasture once his grass is grazed down to pool table level.

 1.  The award he won for wildlife habitat was a misunderstanding — it was actually a soybean field. £