View From the Cab

Share Your Views in 2020

Pamela Smith
By  Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor
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Like many farmers, Scott Wallis and his farming partners, J.R. (holding corn) and Brad Winter (left) will be watching for every opportunity to head to the field this year as they recall the late planting season of 2019. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Scott Wallis picked a heck of a season to invite the world into his farm fields in 2019.

Wallis, who farms near Princeton, Indiana, and across the river into Illinois, was one of two farmers chosen to participate in DTN's "View From the Cab" program last year -- a series of articles that track farm practices and life through the growing season. Ashley Andersen, a Midwest farmer, also reported from Blair, Nebraska.

"It was a tough weather year for many farms and farm families. It was important to talk through it," said Wallis. Andersen has ended up missing the weekly interaction so much she has started her own Facebook blog.

Want to tell your story? We are taking applications and looking for two farmers to lend their voices to what is happening through weekly reports.

It is the 15th year for View From the Cab and we're looking for farmers and/or farm families to participate in 2020.

Applying for the opportunity is easy. Simply email (, explaining why you want to be a contributor and a little bit about your farm.

The individuals selected are obligating to a weekly call when the planting season gets rolling. An editor may visit occasionally during the season. Depending on the comfort level of the applicants, there may be opportunities to share in-season pictures and videos from the farm.

Contributors generally comment that it helps them feel more engaged in the industry. They are often surprised to find they've accomplished so much each week.

Here's a list of our past View From the Cab contributors:

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 find an example of a View From the Cab entry from 2019 go to:…

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