Thursday, May 31, 2012

Corn Report | The Numbers Behind Farming

I have a Purfeerst Farms corn progress report planned for everyone soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to share this infographic from the Illinois Corn Corps blog. It was created by Erin Ehnle, who is the talented designer behind Keeping It Real: Through The Lens Of A Farm Girl – you have probably have seen some of her work floating around social media sites, but if not, go look now. She does an awesome job of creating simple, effective infographics explaining the basics of rural life and has quickly gained an impressive following on Facebook and Pinterest. She makes "agvocating" that much easier for all the rest of us.

Remember in our last crop report (you can read it here) and I mentioned how much "risk" it took to just put the plant in the ground? And then, you wait months and pray that Mother Nature doesn't throw a drought, hail, or straight-line winds at you before you get anything back This graphic does an awesome job of explaining what I meant -- much better than I ever could. It really is all about loving what you do. Take a look!

Plus, I thought it was interesting how Mark's family almost fits the "average farmer. I think Jim is right around 57 and their farm has been in the family for over 3 generations. It's nice to keep those tradition going. Luckily, Matt & Mark are helping bring that average age down a few years! :)

If you have any questions on any of this, just leave me a comment and maybe my contributing editor (who still has done no contributing!) will help me find an answer. And, of course, make sure to go to take a look at Erin's Keeping It Real page on Facebook and give her a like!

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  1. Such an eye opening breakdown of what a farmer deals with- crazy! Great graphic design on that as well :)

  2. I love all of the Keeping it Real posts- such talent! Thank goodness for our farmers!!