Who needs luck, anyway?

by Katie on May 5, 2011

Sometime over the last weekend, Brandon mentioned he would be planting his dad’s no-till cotton this week. I knew our planter was going to be used for the job. I did not know it was going to be Brandon’s job.

As soon as he told me, I just groaned, “Ooooh, nooo.”

“Why do you say that?” he asked.

“Well, it’s just that if it’s your job, that you’re in charge of, you’re going to have to work on the planter beforehand, something’s not going to be right when you pull in the field, so you’ll have to spend another day or so in the shop fixing that, and something else will go wrong about halfway through, and before you know it, more than a week of your time will be taken up doing a one-day job.”

I quickly added, “Not that I want any of those things to happen, it’s just that that’s kind of our reality. Especially lately.”

He sighed, “You’re probably going to be right. I’ve thought about that too. But I really think I’ll have it dialed in for this.”

Fast forward three or four days:

Brandon:  “Sooo…you were right.”

Katie:  “About what?”

Brandon:  “Well, it’s been two days. Not a single seed in the ground.”

Katie:  “Oh nooo. I didn’t want to be right, trust me.”

And then I came back a few minutes later:  “Do you think there’s a farmer out there with worse luck than you?”

Brandon:  “Oh, it’s not that. It’s that I don’t have decades of experience tinkering with equipment to get it to do what I want it to do. And I’m trying to learn on old, beat-up equipment someone else spent years fitting for their operation, not mine. It just takes time…it all takes time.”

So that’s what we’re building here.

Experience, not luck.

Luck comes and goes. Experience will be with us for the long haul.

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