Tailgate Talk - October 2018

September 27, 2018 11:44 AM
What A Day - October 2018

What A Day: Oh, Snap

Some repair jobs are quick fixes. Others, such as this John Deere 9460 that split in two, take a bit more time.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email images to whataday@farmjournal.com or hashtag #FJWhatADay on Twitter and Instagram.

Stat Rack

Millennial farmers are beginning to take their place at the helm of production agriculture in the U.S. Here’s what we know about them as a group.

257,454 farmers are classified as millennials, which is approximately 8%.

81% say they grow two or more crops. Many have livestock. 69% have degrees beyond high school.

61% say they need an off-farm job to make ends meet.  

39% say access to land is a significant challenge.

28% is the average debt-to-asset ratio for farmers under the age of 30. It’s 16% for farmers ages 45 to 54.

Source: 2017 National Young Farmers Coalition Survey; USDA-NASS

College Choir Christens Kansas Grain Bin

Few if any grain bins on the farm are ever christened. Not so for Derek Klingenberg’s latest bin. The Peabody, Kan., grain and livestock producer, who farms with his brother, Grant, brought the Bethel College choir into his new bin recently to sing an old American hymn, “Down to the River to Pray.” Along with the choir’s sweet voices you also get to hear Derek accompany them with his trombone.  

The video, which just posted on YouTube, is the latest of roughly 30 videos Klingenberg has produced to date.


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