A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words…and More.
We recently collected photo entries for our next Face book cover and our Titan Outlet Store FOCUS magazine cover, and the response was overwhelming as we received emails from folks in sixteen US states, Ontario, Holland and the UK. The Titan Outlet staff had quite a challenge voting for their top favorite pictures, which were posted on Face book. Then it was up to our fans to vote for their choice of these finalists. All totaled, we had about 150 pictures to look at!
For me personally, something beyond the numbers emerged. These pictures enlightened, entertained, and educated me, and reminded me of the vastness of agriculture and its world-encompassing existence. I could feel commitment, pride, enjoyment, determination, hope and faith as I looked at these images. I thought about those small family farms and large incorporated operations, both of whom found their place in agriculture and were ready to show us their efforts and equipment: International, Case IH, John Deere, New Holland, Caterpillar, Gleaner; age or size didn’t matter, because these pictures were really about reaping the benefits from a season of hard work and those people behind those efforts.
What an eye-opener it was for me to see illustrations of various harvests. I’m accustomed to soybeans, corn and hay, but never gave a thought to peanuts, cotton, rice, onions and pumpkins! Threads of commonality ran throughout, but it was truly interesting to study the differences in equipment and technique.
I saw pictures that included dirty jeans, work boots, cut-off shirts and caps with the brim curved just right. I saw grandfathers, fathers, sons, daughters, uncles and in-laws doing their part. I saw young farm families and children as they waited to have that ride with daddy in the combine, truck or tractor. There were generations from the past and for the future – for the perpetuation of this livelihood.
Many of our entrants included comments with their pictures. Some were intent on having us know what type of equipment they were using, some talked about the weather they were having in their area, and others gave us updates on their crop yields such as 200,000 tons of silage in South Dakota, or Ohio corn producing up to 138 bushels per acre in spite of the drought.
You’re all winners in my book. I wish we could create a “Wall of Honor” to recognize you, because I and so many others greatly appreciate what you do for this world. You do it with optimism, passion, and persistence. One entrant summed up their year in Wisconsin by saying that it was a beautiful fall but dry weather during July and August hurt their yields. Her last statement was “We will SURVIVE”. I’m thankful to hear those words.
Terry Olson – Moorhead Titan Outlet Store