ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Farm & Ranch Living - - CONTENTS -

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.

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Jennifer Zei­gler Ed­i­tor

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