My dad drove a Ford 9N tractor with an iron seat, wearing a straw hat for protection from the Texas sun. Planting 10 acres a day was bragging rights, as was harvesting 30 bushels of corn.
My, how times have changed. Today’s tractors have climate control and GIS (geographic information systems) and harvest 100 acres per day at 130 plus bushels per acre.
But change is a good thing. We don’t farm to feed just our families anymore; we farm to feed the world population and keep the nation’s economy moving with exports and imports.
One definition of change is “an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another.”
I have come to that point in my life when change has presented itself. This will be my last news column as the official agricultural extension agent for Denton County. I will retire from my Extension Service duties this week and will look forward to the next phase of my life and the opportunities and changes it brings.
I will continue to submit my column for publication on a biweekly basis, because my roots and passion remain with agriculture and Denton County. This change will give me more freedom and flexibility for topic selection and personal opinions. I hope readers will embrace the changes as I will and continue to show interest in Denton County agriculture and its roots.
The off-week articles will be penned by Janet Laminack and Dr. Maggie Jover, my co-workers at the Texas AgriLife Extension’s Denton office. Their articles will reflect interest in the ever-growing horticulture and family consumer science areas.
Thank you all for your readership; it has been a privilege serving the state of Texas and Denton County as your agricultural county extension agent for 22 years.
EDDIE BAGGS, extension agent with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Denton County, can be reached at 940-349-2880.