The most valuable skills to have in order to be successful in farming start with an open mind and end with application according to Chris Barron, a farmer and financial consultant for Ag View Solutions.
Having an open mind is the starting point for being a successful farmer. This quality is quickly followed by the drive for education and networking. However, this networking can only be successful if you are willing to ask others for information.
Change seems to be a never-ending cycle on the farm and can be a source of frustration for many, but Barron says successful farmers are not afraid of change and instead embrace it.
The most important skill to have in order to be a successful farmer is being able to apply information.
"It's not just learning it, but it's bringing that data and information home and figuring out how to apply it," says Barron. "Those are the people I tend to see always being the most successful."