When I drive through the countryside near my house, I’m surrounded by waterlogged fields. It’s officially mud season in Indiana.
Most of the farmers I know are ready to plant, but Mother Nature has other plans. It’s a fine balance between planting too early and waiting too long.
Farmers invest most of their time and energy into getting that timing right, and that can result in a lot of stress. High input costs and low commodity prices add extra stress to the unpredictable weather patterns.
When I hear my farmer friends commiserate, I can feel the anxiety they are experiencing. When will things clear up?
Will it be a good year? Will the farm make it another season?
No matter how hard it gets, I want every farmer to remember that their mental and physical health should come first.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek help. Whether it’s calling a loved one or taking a minute to just breathe, take time to take care of you.