Sunday, July 25, 2010


I left early yesterday to judge the crops and produce at the Clark County Fair. I knew it was going to be miserable so I wanted to be there when they were ready for me. Of course they weren't all ready to judge on time so it wore on into the hot afternoon.

The hour or so trip was a time to listen to the radio and think. I heard a preacher talk about human needs and he said the basic human need was the need to be loved.

I started thinking about all the people we have worked with this summer and why some have such unusual and unapproachable behavior. Some time in their life they really got hurt when they needed to be loved and formed this wound with bad behavior. They started dishing out what they had received and it became their habit and personality. Now these people get even less of their need because of their response to the lack of receiving their need. It made perfect sense.

For some it leads to divorce, poor parenting, even crimes that caused them time in the slammer. What a sad story some people have and it seems we run across them dailey in our lines of work and our desire to help those who seem to be crying out for help. It's kind of like learning to improve your ways of farming. I can't help you learn to change until you really want to learn and improve.

The crops looked good all the way up. I didn't see many seed company signs, though. I used to see a lot more. I saw a few Pioneer signs and a couple of Channel seed signs and one DeKalb and one Asgrow soybean sign. Monsanto didn't have many signs out, I guess they don't need to now with 85% or whatever portion of the US seed market they reportedly have.

I don't have any of the majors planted. Their company philosophy doesn't work for me so I am more comfortable working with the little guys. It's always been that way for me I guess because I am a little guy too. So I let the little guys put sings in my fields this year, normally I don't mess with it in recent years.

The crop shows were very good. Too many vegetables, though. Did you ever try to sort out 30 plates of green beans, tomatoes, or bell peppers when it is too hot to be comfortable? It is hard enough when the conditions are decent.

The church was full at five. Was that because it was the coolest place in town? The scripture was based on Sodm and Gomorrha where only Lot and his daughters were spared.

I hope we aren't coming to that for the lack of the most basic human need.



  1. Speaking of Sodom...
    I took my wife to the airport last night. We stopped for chinese food in downtown PDX. It was a strange crowd, mostly guys with guys and girls with girls. I was a bit taken aback! I know it is the City and all! I did see at least one girl who was really a guy and they were all really young!
    It appears to be the end of western civilization. It is all falling apart. Our moral leaders are corrupted by money and power, our intellectual leaders are all pre-verts, the spiritual leaders are irrelevant, the young city folks are all buggering each other, the rural folks are all on meth and the girls are knocked up. I guess the old folks were right...
    What seed company signs? Are there more than three left in the USA?

  2. Agreed on immorality.

    There are a few independent seed companies left here but they are getting the squeeze. Probably the smart ones already sold out. Here we have First Choice, Ebberts, Seed Consultants, BioGene, Rupp, Ruff and I think the rest are owned by Monsanto or Pioneer.

  3. I'm sure you guys have heard of some of the heritage seed companies. I wonder if they have considered reaching out to honest-to-goodness commercial farmers (as opposed to hobby farmers)? That would put a real knot in Monsanto's shorts!

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  5. Bird and First Choice have remained by word of mouth and put their money in quality seed, not fancy ads or giveaways...