It figures. This week I got some numbers I could have included in last week’s column on ag in Carroll County. In 2016, Carroll County ranked 5th in the nation for corn yield and 6th for soybean yield. This is according to USDA-NASS. That is pretty cool when you think about it.
So, let’s take a poll. As you read this, I should be headed to or at my first high school baseball game of the season. ... So, did Mother Nature cooperate or not!? Let’s hope so, as I am ready for spring and very excited to see what our Eastland Cougars baseball team can accomplish this year.
This Thursday, our office will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. I am manning the office this week, as Jessica is enjoying a vacation. Not often does it happen that I am on my own, but she deserves it. So if this week you had issues contacting our office, I hope you left a message, as there are times it can be crazy. I also was left the job of delivering nearly all the backpack program bags this week. No one knows how much I appreciate all Jessica does!
I believe we have a tractor drive route! This year it will be held on Friday, July 21. We will be leaving from Thomson, heading to Mount Carroll, over to Savanna, and then back to Thomson. The route will be about 40 miles, so we will have a little of travel after we have lunch. Registration information will soon be available.
If you are interested in learning more about either of the trips we are sponsoring with Tri-State Travel, we are having a trip preview meeting at our office at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. We will have info on the Branson, Missouri, trip coming up in November, and we will be sponsoring a trip to San Antonio in March 2018. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to our office at 815-244-3001. This will give us a heads-up if we need to be in the board room or the auditorium.
The Women’s Committee sponsored an Eighth-Grade Agri-Business Career Fair at the Eastland Junior/Senior High. We would like to thank those who came and talked about their careers and how they fit into agriculture. A big thanks goes out to Bryan Grebner with ADM, Deb Mieste with Carroll Service, Rhett Coatney with COUNTRY Financial, Kelly Flack with Eastland Feed & Grain, Jared Sauer with 1st Farm Credit, and Kelly Rahn with Pioneer. We appreciate your help in showing the students the many different ways they can be involved with agriculture other than production ag.