The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

ďFall Harvest, Guess Work, Prices,

Greater Power, Whoís CloserĒ

The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke

Greetings to ever one in western Illinois and all readers of The Quill. Harvest is a comeín along well, with most of the beans harvested. Corn harvest is progressín satisfactorily with quite a few finished or nearly finished. There remains, however, much corn yet in the fields.

Fall Harvest

The rain last week of 2 1/2 inches or more was a welcome relief. The soil absorbed it quite easily and within two days combines were a rollín again. Wouldíve been sooner, had the sun come out sooner. Once the stalks dried out enough to properly work through the combine machines, the ground was more than firm enough. Maybe by the time ya reads this weíve even had another rain, or so the weatherman is predictín.

Guess Work

Last June and early July, agronomists were a sayín there would be two kinds of farmers come next fall. Those that side dressed NH3 and those that wished they had. Additionally, they said that the corn what was planted late May and early June, as well as all replanted corn, would in all probability have significant yield losses.

The exceptionally wet spring was gonna cause shallow root development. When the dry August became reality, no hope was giveín fer good yields this fall.

Well, Golly Gee, the yields Iím a hearín about this fall donít seem ta support the ďsoothsayersĒ predictions. Even the non-side dressed additional nitrogen farmers are reportín good yields.

It seems in reality, fer this year anyways, there are two kinds of farmers this fall. Those who didnít waste their money on extra additional nitrogen and those who wish they hadnít spent their extra cash betín fer a better crop. It goes to say a farmer will loose his crop yield three times dureín the summer before he produces a bumper crop.

Next year, I reckon, itíll be different, fer each year carries its own peculiarities. Itís oft said, ďthis yearís mistakes are made on last years lessonsĒ.

Prices

The board of trade speculators are a bettín they can steal your corn now that yaíve finally raised a good crop. Farmers has extra cash fer the most part from good prices the last few years and the pipeline is nearly empty from the last two years short crop. Not much corn has been sold ahead and farmers are sellín soybeans rather than corn to obtain some extra cash. Fer now, the farmer has shut his corn bin door tight and waitín fer a fair return fer his crop. Crop thieves such as grocers manufacturers, and mega corporate livestock folk are really a belly acheín.

Itíll be enterestín to see who blinks first, farmer by sellín or end user by bidín up. You can bet those mega corporate livestock and poultry feeders are not gonna let their animals go without feed. The same goes fer other end users as well. Grocer manufacturers are makeín too much money to cut back any. Use yer own best judgment in marketín this years crop.

Greater Power

Next year will be a different ball game, ya can bet your trousers on that fact!

All said and done, there is a power greater than mankind that gave us the blessíns of this good crop. We have much to be thankful fer.

Whoís Closer

Picture in your minds eye, ifín ya will, at the crest of a hill stands a cross, straight and tall. A narrow, windín path leads up the hill to the foot of the cross. Itís a steep, rocky trail, but it is the only way to get to the top.

Near the bottom of the hill, the picture shows a man toilín upward. Beads of sweat flow down his face but canít hide the joy that pours out from his heart. Itís plan to easily see that the journey is difficult. Ya can even see signs the man has occasionally slipped backward a step or two, but his footprints always point forward. His eyes are closely focused on his goal, and his arms are outstretched in a plea fer help from the Lord of the cross.

Now then, the minds eye pictures another path leadín away from the cross. It is a wide, paved road with a gentle but ever downward slope. This road ends in a city at the bottom of the hill where all the pleasures and attractions of the world dwell.

Another traveler is shown on this declineín highway. He is much closer to the cross than the first man. He had obviously been on the upward way, but now his back is turned to the cross, and he is headín down the hill to where he had come from. This man is also smileín but it is the empty grin of sinful pleasure, not the full joy of the cross.

So, ya see two men: one far from the cross but earnestly striveín towards it, the other close to the cross, but casually strollín away from it. The thought might come ta mind askín the searchín question, Whoís Closer?

How do ya answer that question? Either of the men could choose to change direction, but it is much more difficult ta turn around on the slippery slope of sin than it is ta keep goín on the rewardín road of righteousness. Ya might safely conclude that the traveler who is turned in the right direction is in a safer position than the other, though he may have further ta go. Which direction do ya suppose our country is a headín and just as important, which direction are you headín?

Hopeín to see youíns in church this week. Where ever ya is, what ever ya be a doín - BE A GOOD ONE!

Keep on Smileín

Catch ya later

Barnyard Bruke