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‘Advice From A Wise Old Man’

Carroll Smith

Carroll Smith

Words to contemplate and live by often come from unexpected and sometimes anonymous sources. While scrolling through Facebook last weekend, I ran across a post that caught my eye. It was titled “Advice From A Wise Old Man.” There was no author mentioned so I suppose this falls into the anonymous category.

I have always believed in listening to my elders as they often do have good advice, and many times it’s delivered with a hint of humor to remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.

Here are a few tidbits from the unnamed sage.

  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • Most times, it comes down to common sense.

Although I enjoyed a chuckle from the wise old man, our mission here at Cotton Farming is to provide profitable production strategies to our readers. With that in mind, I sought out more credible sources to give advice about maximizing planting efficiency.

Sharing their expertise in this article are Mike Buschermohle, whose focus is precision agriculture at the University of Tennessee AgResearch, and Wes Porter, University of Georgia precision ag specialist. I would also like to thank the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for contributing information as well.

Planting season is right around the corner, and you’ve made a significant investment in the cottonseed you’re about to put in the ground. I think it would be time well spent to take in these tips and hopefully reap the rewards — and not “get got” — at the end of the season.

If you have comments, please send them to: Cotton Farming Magazine, 7201 Eastern Ave., Germantown, TN, 38138. Contact Carroll Smith via email at csmith@onegrower.com.