PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS MIGHT BE the most important quality in those who make their living on the land. This occurred to me while reading Garrett Dixon’s farm diary beginning on page 26. It seemed something broke down every day on Garrett’s cotton farm, even his brand-new equipment. But, undeterred each time, Garrett slowed just long enough to figure out the workaround.
That theme popped up over and over in this issue. First-time farmers Pauline and Tom Hylton turned to YouTube to learn how to plant 1,500 asparagus crowns. You can read their story on page 19. And sheep rancher John Helle and his family created their own clothing company when disappointed by wool prices in the open market. The Helles’ story begins on page 48.
All this ingenuity is behind the new Tips & Tricks column on page 64. Farmers and ranchers always seem to figure out the best way to solve a problem themselves, and we wanted to celebrate those ideas in each issue. But we need your help: Send us your solutions to challenges you’ve encountered around the farm, and we might highlight them in a future issue. Tell us about your ideas at farmandranchliving.com/submit and upload your pictures, too.
And if you’re still too green in your ag life to feel you have advice to give, no problem. We have a new way for you to ask for help, too. The Farmer to Farmer column on page 62 takes your questions and asks more experienced farmers and ranchers to answer them. So keep those questions coming. We look forward to learning the answers along with you.
Jennifer Zeigler Editor