As spring starts to erase the remnants of winter, I can’t help but get anxious and excited for this season. It’s the time of year that I make a checklist for the next 90 days. The reasons I do this is because I’m part of an elite group that consists of 2% of the United States population. This group is working feverishly to get everything ready. We check and double check equipment, technology items, seed, and fertilizer, and then we count down the days until it all begins. Every member of this group has their own way of preparing for the spring.
For me, this checklist revolves around smells. It may sound funny, but it’s something that has been sown deep into my roots. I can’t wait to smell the exhaust from a tractor just starting up. I can’t wait to smell fresh tilled dirt. The mixture of seed and graphite, along with the occasional smell of grease. The way the smell of the dirt changes from May to April to June – And then, the satisfaction of a carefully executed plan coming to fruition when I see the first sign of corn and soybeans sprouting above the ground. The smell of freshly cut hay and yes, even the smell of fertilizer. These smells keep me grounded, keep me focused, and keep me on track.
These checkpoints help me understand and appreciate a farmer’s perspective. When I’m sitting across the desk from a farmer wanting to do business with me, I never forget my roots and I know that this farmer understands my appreciation of these smells in a way that the other 98% of the population does not. We’re farmers. We’re part of an elite group.
Our agriculture lending team has very deep roots in this industry. When we take the banker hat off at the end of the day, we are putting the farmer hat on. We strive to help farmers grow their business, protect their legacy, and transition to the next generation. If your banking relationship is broken and needs repairs, we have the tools to fix it and get you back to enjoying the smells that you love, worry free.
So to my fellow elitists, I wish you all a prosperous and safe spring planting season. I hope at some point this season, as you are filling your planter at sunset, you take in a deep breath and think to yourself, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Jeremy Doetch, Vice President, Ag & Commercial Services, has more than 14 years of experience in commercial and agricultural lending. From the Poplar Grove area, Doetch plays an active role in his family’s grain, hog and trucking operation.