The adult capstone: harvest 2016

You have probably seen a lot of dust and smoke billowing into the air as you travel along rural roads. You might have also seen blinking lights on large, slow equipment heading down the road that is not quite wide enough for everyone. I know, you’ve got a full schedule and many things to worry about besides these distractions during your commute.

It’s easy to get caught up in the inconveniences or annoyances in our daily lives. Whether you are working full time, in college or somewhere in between, we are all working towards goals and achievements. We might experience “hiccups” in our days. Things don’t always go as planned in the rush of time. Fortunately, with practice and mental realignment, we can identify and appreciate the positives and rest assured that those hiccups remain just little jolts of energy in our lives.

As many in the farming community would say, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Harvest 2016 is in full swing. Growers who raise field row crops like corn and soybeans have waited many months to see the fruits of their labor. Just like you, they have priorities each day. To a farmer, harvest is that “capstone project” they’ve been working at for months and now, it’s all come together.

Corn in northwest Ohio.

Leading up to now, not everything has gone as planned. Mother Nature has not fully cooperated with precipitation and temperatures. Market conditions have made budgets tight and financial planning imperative. Now that we have reached October, the wait is over and crops are being plucked from the fields.

Dad harvesting soybeans at sunset.


Whether it’s at my family’s farm or a customer’s farm, it is most rewarding to see the look on their faces after a long day in fields. It is a look of accomplishment. I am not sure there is a more satisfying industry to work in that agriculture. Ultimately, the goods and services provided are going to feed, clothe and fuel millions of people. Does that sound inspiring to you?

Soybeans in northwest Ohio.

This weekend, I took more time to reflect on this agriculture capstone. I also realized that I must practice what I preach with staying focused on the little wins that lead to larger success. I took a breather, refreshed, and am ready for this next week of harvest ahead.

How will you learn from this adult capstone to be more gracious and overcome the hiccups in reaching goals? Just like my dog Sawyer, he always finds a way to get the good ear. I’m sure you can too.

Sawyer loves his corn.

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