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Jed Bower, Fayette web

Jed Bower: Fayette County

We are a corn and soybean operation in western Fayette County. I have been farming on my own since 2004 when my father passed away. I was in the Army for 6 years. I had come home from deployment and was home for 4 months before he passed away from an accident.

I have had a lot of help from some really good neighbors over the years. Otherwise, my wife and I did it all ourselves. The first couple of years after losing Dad were tough. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t wish things were different. Now that my wife graduated from college, and has a career of her own, I usually bring on some part-time help in the spring and the fall.

There is still quite a bit of moisture out there. A lot of people in the area are still trying to sneak some tile in at last minute. We would like to, but I don’t think we’re going to get to it.

It has been a challenge to get anything done in this area. There have been some guys out trying to get some burndown done and when we get a nice firm day you see the fertilizer spreaders running pretty hard. We have been starting to see some guys hitting a little tillage too.

We are looking at more snow this evening. Next week is supposed to be in the 60s, though. Some day, the weather will change and we’ll all stop complaining about it being too cold and we’ll start complaining because it is too hot.

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