DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- We need two farmers with opinions. Do you like to talk farming, agronomics, rural life? Here's your chance to do it on a national platform.
For the past 16 years, DTN has followed farmers from two different regions of the country throughout the growing season. Now we're looking for farmer volunteers for the 2022 View From the Cab feature.
Ryan Wieck has never been shy about expressing himself. But when Wieck, from Umbarger, Texas, held his hand up to be a View From the Cab farmer last year, it expanded his voice and outreach.
"I was amazed how many people contacted me from all over the country to comment on something I'd said. It gave me a chance to tell the story of our farm, our region and our crops," said Wieck.
Each week throughout the growing season, View From the Cab farmers report what's happening and explore different aspects of agriculture. A DTN reporter interviews the farmers each week and files the combined story.
Farmers often comment that real life on the farm isn't told. This diary-like feature bridges that gap between news and everyday farm life.
Kellie Blair, the other contributor last season, provided an early look at anhydrous supply concerns and how it altered operations on her Dayton, Iowa, family farm. Last year, View From the Cab zeroed in on what it is like to have your farm glowing red on the Drought Monitor. Direct beef sales, rural infrastructure, balancing children and farming, the difficulty in finding parts and many other topics bubbled into print.
Many of these farmers go on to be trusted advisers and help on other DTN writing projects.
Do you have a story to tell? Simply email a note (to email@example.com) saying why you want to be a View From the Cab contributor and a bit about your farm. Include your contact information.
Here are our past View From the Cab contributors:
2021: Kellie Blair, Dayton, Iowa; Ryan Wieck, Umbarger, Texas
2020: Ryan Jenkins, Jay, Florida; Reid Thompson, Colfax, Illinois
2019: Ashley Andersen, Blair, Nebraska; Scott Wallis, Princeton, Indiana
2018: Kyle Krier, Claflin, Kansas; Genny Haun, Kenton, Ohio
2017: Zack Rendel, Miami, Oklahoma; Brent and Lisa Judisch, Cedar Falls, Iowa
2016: Chase Brown, Warrensburg, Illinois; Jim Hoover, Newport, Pennsylvania
2015: Lane Robinson, Cromwell, Indiana; Leon Kriesel, Gurley, Nebraska
2014: Karen and Bill Johnson, Avoca, Iowa; Jamie Harris, Madison, Florida
2013: William "Shep" Sheppard, Louisiana, Missouri; Kane Bercaw, Union City, Michigan
2012: Katie Sanger Hancock, Water Valley, Kentucky; Ryan Brodersen, Randolph, Nebraska
2011: Tom Tibbits, Minneapolis, Kansas; David Brandt, Carroll, Ohio
2010: Becton Bell, Wilson, Arkansas; Frank Zweber, Hoven, South Dakota
2009: Marcus Hess, Bushnell, Illinois; Matt Wolle, St. James, Minnesota
2008: Dan Pedersen, Underwood, Iowa; Brad Lindstrom, Varna, Illinois
2007: Matt Rush, Fairfield, Illinois; Jason Heijl, Abbott, Texas
2006: Bob Worth, Lake Benton, Minnesota; Keith Miller, Great Bend, Kansas
2005: Richard Oswald, Langdon, Missouri; Mark Rasumssen, Hoagland, Montana.
To check out some past View From the Cab stories go to:
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