Happy Birthday, Indiana!

Friday, December 11, 2015

I have had a short absence from regular postings on this website.  My wife Pat and I just returned from a trip to Disney World.  We had a great time down there, and the weather was terrific.  Our son Ben came down also for a couple of the days, and it was nice to spend some time with him.   But now… we are back, and getting into the groove once again.  The mail and bills are almost caught up, with only a little more correspondence to do.  It was a lovely trip, but it also feels good to be back in the office.

Some soybeans were delivered to ADM in Newburgh, Indiana while we were away.  We took an inventory of grain on hand on December 1.  It is an important number to know.  The inventories help us to develop an accurate picture not only of production for 2015, but also of the financial performance.   We will soon be developing the reports necessary for our banker.  We have a pretty good handle on the crop budgets for 2016, defining the cost per bushel for both corn and soybeans.  That is extremely important information, that informs us with marketing, and other short-and long-term management decisions.  The 2016 cash flow is well underway, and will need refined throughout the month of December.  So, the office work goes on an on.  It’s a good thing I enjoy most of it.  When I’m developing information that we use internally for management, it is a pleasure;  When I’m grinding out information for bureaucrats, it’s more like work!

Ross is recuperating quite nicely from his major heart attack last month.  To look at him, you’d never know he had a problem!  He is currently going to cardiac therapy 3x/week.  Seems like the prognosis is good.   We are grateful.

Today is the 199th birthday of the State of Indiana.  Indiana was the 19th state admitted to the Union on this date in 1816.  The bicentennial celebration kicks off today, and will run until December 11, 2016.  If you have seen an Indiana flag, you’ll notice the centerpiece of that banner is a torch.

Flag of Indiana

Flag of Indiana

Well, there will be a torch carried across Indiana during the next year, crossing all 92 counties.  It will resemble the torch relay that occurs for the Olympic Games.  It will begin in September 2016 in the first state capitol, Corydon, and end in Indianapolis.  It will pass through Knox County and Vincennes.  I probably won’t be one of the torch-bearers, but hope to see it pass down Hwy 61 and South Knox Schools on its way.

We are proud of the state where we live and operate our farm.  It is not often a tourist destination, but those who miss Indiana, miss some rare beauty, and some great people!




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