Long overdue, here is the promised video from plots day. I’m sorry the voiceover sounds a bit…subdued…for me. I recorded it at around 8 a.m., and I’m not a morning person. Thus, why I sound half asleep (because I was).
Plots like this are a partnership between a family’s income and a business’s ingenuity. It’s where tradition meets innovation. If that doesn’t scream “American Agriculture” then I don’t know what does.
Here’s the information shared in the on the video’s YouTube posting:
Yohnka Farms of northern Illinois is a small family-run grain operation, consisting of one full-time farmer, his son who attends college most of the year, and his father, who helps primarily with harvest. Keith Yohnka is the definition of a “family farmer.”
One of the many things they do on their farm to better agriculture, the environment, and the food system is run crop variety research plots. Keith works one-on-one with researchers from Monsanto to test out different varieties of corn and soy beans. These test plots help Monsanto decide which research varieties will go on to be sold.
Because of the data gathered on test plots like these, America’s crops continue to become safer, more productive, and more resilient.
This is a great example of mutually-beneficial interaction between small family farmers and large companies like Monsanto. It stands as proof that agriculture is an open industry. Keith continues to work with Monsanto because Monsanto has always worked well with him; he is a loyal customer, and they continue to do their best to suit his needs as a small farmer.
Anyways, as harvest continues to grind on, I hope everyone stays safe, healthy, happy, and safe. Mostly safe. Safe. And healthy. I guess those go hand-in-hand.
From a farm girlfriend, occasional hired hand, offerer of moral support, food-bringer, and agvocate, best of luck to farmers and their families as they progress with Harvest 2010!