Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thanks

I thank all of my readers today for getting me through another year!  I do this as much for myself as anyone but you folks keep me going when the going gets rough or beautiful!  Thanks for the email, cards, letters and pictures.  It is all greatly appreciated!

It's good to know I have friends all over the world keeping track of me.  I didn't make it to midnight last night but LuAnn awoke me with Happy New Year at the end of the guns shooting up and down the road.

We enjoyed the Rose Bowl parade coverage this morning.  RFD has really livened up that parade the last six years!  I really liked the big Oliver pulling the beautiful RFD float this year.  The FFA float was special a couple of years ago but they have all been great.  The Rose Bowl Parade is on our bucket list but I kind of hope the Buckeyes are never the reason we are there to see it!  The Buckeyes would not be favored by Standford.

A young friend called yesterday and asked me about the fertilizer price email I sent out.  He was trying to price fertilizer for next year and we talked about the best price and getting what you pay for.  This is where economy of size can be important and not having to rely on the local dealer for all your needs!

"As we end 2012, fertilizer prices are steady with the past few weeks, but 15-40 dollars cheaper than the Aug.-Sept. prices. I think these lower prices reflect the lack of interest on the farm and the lack of fert. movement due to this summers drought. Prices are the same as last week.

28 325
pot 480
dap 520
map 540
urea 445
62% and 10-34-0 prices are available upon request."

This email got his attention and many others as they price their fertilizer needs for 2013.  It looks like most of the midwest is counting what they spread last year never got used in the drought because fertilizer isn't moving.

I will have some needs and can use everything in that list this year.  Mainly I am thankful for everything I have and not geared up to do much right now.  My wheat will have the first needs but every acre needs something on it right now and this frozen ground with melting snow on it would be ideal to spread lime, gypsum or fertilizer.

"You can't grow it if you don't put it on!"  At least at not the yield levels I am shooting for!  I want my crop roots to look like the pictures in yesterday's blog, not these of a neighbor's corn roots taken in July!

Happy New Year and many more to you and yours and all of us.

Sincerely,

Ed Winkle

3 comments:

  1. Epic New Year to you Ed, LuAnn, your family, Sable and both your old and new farms!
    And bonne santé too, best of health!

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  2. Thank you, thank you! It's been a challenging year but somehow we are all still here. I found out my aunt has hospice now so it won't be long for her. I pray she doesn't suffer.

    I need to stay on top of that health thing, lots of pneumonia going around, flue and cold.

    Ed

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