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December 2, 2016 02:08 AM

What A Day: One for the Record Books


When Oklahoma farmer Jeff Klade submitted this photo, he left out one detail—he had been in the driver’s seat. A full bucket load caused the tractor to tip back and lose traction on a ravine, falling 30' off a cliff. Klade left the scene with a fractured vertebra, a broken rib and a thankful heart.

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 http://whataday@farmjournal.com or hashtag #FJWhatADay on Twitter and Instagram.

By Dan Anderson

The Enemy of Opportunity

When hanging out with my grandsons I’m often reminded of my fear to try new things. They’re not afraid to climb tall trees, ride bikes down steep hills or go outside without a coat. Their only concern is they might miss out on something fun or exciting. 

I can remember being unafraid—and it was wonderful. There was a time when I’d jump on any motorcycle and peg the throttle just to see what happens. I’d tear apart gear cases and dissect engines just to see what was inside. 

The mistakes I’ve made in life have made me afraid to take the sort of chances that often led me to new experiences and opportunities when I was younger. Yes, some of the chances I took caused pain or discomfort, but many of them expanded my horizons and provided benefits far beyond the risks.

My resolution for the new year is to take more chances like my grandsons and live less like an old man, paralyzed by fears rather than excited by opportunities. But first, I better check my health insurance coverage. 

Stat Rack

The world’s ability to provide food for everyone by 2050 rests on the shoulders of new technology:

40% of U.S. farm fields are overfertilized 

15% to 20% yield loss suffered from inadequate fertilizer application 

50% potential reduction in water waste with precision irrigation systems paired with 
water sensors 

40% grain consumption China, the world’s most populous country, imported in 2015

70% yield increase by 2050 estimated from a combination of precision planting, fertilizer application, irrigation, spraying and autonomous driving applications

$800 billion potential value generated if all the above technologies are fully adopted globally by 2050


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