As we approach Thanksgiving, farm operators in most of the upper Midwest have much to be thankful for. Even though we had record rainfall amounts and some flooding in many areas of southern Minnesota in late September, let’s be thankful for nice weather pattern in October that allowed most of our corn  and soybeans  to be harvested by early November. The quality of the 2010 crop was very good, and the corn dried down naturally in the field, requiring very little or no corn drying for safe storage until next spring.
Even as many livestock producers are facing increased expenses and lower profits late in 2010, let’s remember that there are large numbers of people throughout the world, and even in the U.S., that can not afford to adequately feed themselves or their families. Let’s all be thankful for a fairly successful 2010 crop year in most areas of the upper Midwest, and the bounties and blessings that we all have.
Editor’s note: Kent Thiesse is a former University of Minnesota Extension educator and now is Vice President of MinnStar Bank, Lake Crystal, MN. You can contact him at 507-726-2137 or via e-mail at [email protected]