You Don't Have to Be a Farmer to Produce a Harvest
The Harvest Series Part 1
You do not have to be a farmer to produce a harvest.
Would you like to have an Abundant Harvest?
It’s now the 4th week of September, first day of fall is Sept 23rd.
I just returned from Nebraska a few days ago where I was working Husker Harvest Days, which is deemed the largest farm show in the world, the event occurs during the third weekend of every September and brings thousands of attendees from across the country and world, as they visit different vendors located on an 80-acre site. On specially designated areas of the grounds, guests can see the newest equipment demonstrated in the fields, learn about new agricultural products and services. These farmers and anyone in the agricultural industry are staying on the cutting edge to be sure they have the most successful yield, and know how to harvest their crops efficiently.
In the Midwest, farmers are now just beginning to harvest their crops. I saw a few combines out in the field last week. I know first hand what it means to plant and harvest crops. No, I’m not talking about growing a garden….I grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska. That’s right I’m officially a country girl, a Midwest farmer’s daughter, as the Beach Boys say!
I know what it’s like to go out and “walk beans” (which they no longer do because they just use chemicals to spray to kill the weeds.) Let me tell you a little bit about my experience in the fields of Nebraska during the fall…..my “walking beans” experience. We would get up at 5 in the morning, walk up and down the rows of the bean fields which were about ¼ of a mile long each way, walk through the dew covered beans as the dew soaks through our jeans, with thistles and thorns brushing up and sticking onto your shoelaces that you later have to pick off one by one. We scan up and down and all around trying to spot these clever, master of disguise weeds while still trying to wake up, and hope you don’t miss one for fear of Dad yelling at you and making you go back to get it! Meanwhile we are dodging corn knives, flies, gnats and bumble bees that are feeding on the milk weeds in which we hand to cut down with the corn knife. (no, not quite Children of the Corn.) However, there were certain weeds you had to pull by hand and not cut down, because if you cut them, their seeds would still be in the soil and they will show up next year in your fields. Those stubborn weeds were called Cockleburs, their roots were so long and thick it sometimes took three of us to pull it, my Dad, my sister, and I, all three of us to bend down and grab the weed at the root and pull it out of the ground. Then there was always the never ending search as to where we left the water jug…which row did we leave that in???? Some of you know the struggle I am talking about!!! Ok, so that gives you a picture of what “walking beans” consisted of. Let’s get back to harvesting.
These farmers planted crops in April and May and now will be combining soybeans and corn, putting them in storage to sell at a later time. My question to you is….What seeds have you sown 6 months ago, 8 months ago, one year ago to be sure you have a harvest you can reap now? Where is your yield that you can put into storage and save it for the future? What is different in your life now than back in spring? What has blossomed since then? Your career? Your finances? Your relationships? How about your health? If you would like coaching, encouragement, and tips to enhance these areas of your life, be sure to purchase my audio coaching program called "The Power of 40."
Harvesting also requires great timing. In the spring you have to be sure you plant at the right time so you give your crops enough time to mature before the winter sets in. You have to be sure you plant the soybeans at the right time otherwise if a freeze hits before you have them harvested, you will not have a successful yield. You need to be on your toes, looking for the perfect weather conditions, both when planting and harvesting so you do not miss your opportunity. If you gather the crops too early, they may not be mature enough or too moist for storage and your crop will rot away….all of that hard work for nothing…. If you wait too long and the weather turns bad, you may completely lose your crop.
The equipment showcased at Husker Harvest Days and other Ag shows I have attended were quite impressive, yet some very menacing looking! These combines and other pieces of equipment could cost up to half a million dollars! Yet, if you bring that combine out to the field too early or too late then it doesn’t matter that you had the top of the line piece of machinery!
What opportunities did you miss by jumping into something too quickly or waiting too late to get started??? I submit to you to have patience and yet be aware, stay on your toes, take notice of your “weather forecast” so you can plant and harvest your crop at the best time possible.
What seeds have you sown lately? Not just into your own life but into others’ lives? Your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers? The community? You don’t have to sow a seed financially, your seed can be made of time you volunteered or favors and services you performed at no charge.
Where is your harvest? Or are you standing in the same exact barren field as 6 months ago?
Written by Colleen Kavanaugh, formerly a Country Girl now….Your Gig Girl. For more personal development programs available for purchase, be sure to visit my online store
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