Which decade would you choose to farm in?


A talk radio show I frequently listen to was recently discussing the hypothetical question: if you could pause your age at any point you chose, when would it be?

Some said 18, some said 35, some said 55. It was a fun, interactive discussion. Everyone had their personal reasons based on external factors or their own situation at that age.

As a society, we always like to imagine the good old days or what the future could be like. It’s about imagination and perspective. All this got my mind swirling on an a related agriculture question.

If you could choose a decade or era to farm in, when would it be?

Just imagine that you built a DeLorean time machine (from Back to the Future) in your farm shop and think about which decade you would want to farm in.

There have been great agricultural decades and ones that we refer to only in the context of hardship, but it’s an interesting conversation.

If you like real horsepower, you might select the 1890s. The 1930s were economically depressed, while the 1970s created wealth. The 1980s were crushing for many under high interest rates. The 2000s were tough on the cattle business but great for cash croppers.

Your selection might be more sentimental. Maybe, in the 1980s your father was in his farming prime, in the 1990s you doubled the farm size and enjoyed some good profitable years, or maybe it’s the 2050s because you love what technology could make possible by then.

Where would your farming DeLorean take you?


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