Canola Season in Iredell County!

If you were driving around my county right now you would see these beautiful fields of yellow flowers. They are fields of canola.

I live in a farming community. A highly educated farming community. The idea that farming is an occupation of the uneducated went away long ago.

To be a farmer today, you have to know your stuff. It reminds me of that old Kenny Rogers song.

“You have to know when to hold them. Know when to fold them. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.”

We’ve had all kinds of farming in our area, tobacco being a big cash crop. We’ve also been a big dairy producer.

About a decade ago some local farmers knew they were going to have to change things up a bit. They decided to invest in canola and soy beans and build a local processing facility.

You would think that would be a quiet decision, supported by the community. No, they had a huge fight on their hands. The neighbors were afraid of what it would do to their community. They thought it would be noisy and bring unwanted activity to an area they loved for the luxury of peace and quiet.

But the farmers hung in there and won and over time we have seen more and more of these fields spring up around our county. Yes, they add beauty but they also represent a crop that helps meet a need. A fight won that gave new life to some local farmland.

I get a thrill each spring when I see it. Change can be beautiful.

We’ve been living in time of some forced change. As you think through your life, is it time to switch up some crops and go for those who will bring you a better return? When you look through your rear view mirror, what do you want to see?

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” – Victor Hugo

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