Fear the lawn gnome
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: if you want it blown up let me have it.
I'd like to shed my 2 cents here.
I live in the midwest, and currently live in a major corn state.
I see alot more corn being grown by farmers and its pure and simple supply and demand. Corn farmers live the life, and this is not the norm. There are alot of hobby farms up here ie 120 acres and under. Most do 75% corn and the rest to soybeans. All they do is plow the land and they pay someone to come plant and harvest(ie custom cuters).
Now Move to a state where there is very little corn. Kansas, where my family farm is located.
Farmers rely on the one good year about every 10 years to keep their operations going. They get all they can get when they can get it. I know the high fuel cost of a few years ago almost killed my family farm.
Years ago a farm of my size could support more than one family unit. Aka you would be working along side your father, grandfather, brothers, and wives. It is not this way anymore. I would be there now if this was not the case. We own a little over 1200 acres in north central Kansas. If my great grandfather would have just moved a few hundred miles north to corn country. We would only have to farm about 300 acres and could have nice new equipment. Not shit from the late 70's.
A acre of farm land in Iowa around me goes for 6-9k per acre. I'm about to buy 40 for our farm in Kansas at 800 a acre.
Now With all that said I still think Being a Farmer Is the way to live life. Its nice to wake up in the morning and be able todo whatever the fuck you want. As long as the work gets done when it needs to be. Hell In the winter the only thing that needs done is feeding the cows.
With all that said We all need gas and we are fucked. The end.
What you might call solitude is something i look forward to.