Hey farming friends!
It’s me again, your favorite city girl here with a few more questions! I recently watched a video on the IL Corn YouTube channel! It was about Marty Marr, the Illinois Corn Grower’s Association’s District 10 director! He was talking all about the farm he owns and works on and I just had a few more questions about farming life and some of the things he mentioned in the video!
He mentioned that he grows soybeans on his farm. I think soybeans are a popular vegetable grown here in the Midwest, correct me if I am wrong, and I was wondering why that is. What all can soybeans be used for other than eating purposes?
2. Machine powered vs. man power
In the video Marty mentions about “doing it the old fashioned way”. I have no clue what he means by this and am wondering what tool he is holding in the video. He mentions snagging a weed, does this mean cleaning up the field or does it have a different meaning. Would you rather have your work done mostly by machines or hand done and why?
3. Challenges and Rewards
My next question is what do you think the biggest challenges are as a farmer today? Again, I have never even set foot on a farm so I can’t imagine the struggles that come with working on one and I am very curious to find out. Along with the biggest challenge of working on a farm, what is the most rewarding thing about being a farmer?
4. Life on the Farm
If you are living and working on a farm, do you use your own resources or are they just something you export. I assume that if you live on a farm that you are going to be supplying yourself with food that you’re personally growing. Is this true?
Can’t wait to see your answers to my questions and thank you for helping me get more knowledgeable about farming! Here is the link to the video and check back often for more videos, we are always posting!
Your favorite Chicago city girl