Humbling harvest

Local wheat producers—and all of us who benefit from their success—have a lot to be thankful for as this year’s record harvest nears conclusion. The harvest season was quick moving, despite a couple of rain and wind events; hail did impact the northern part of the county. Even so, Cooperative Grain & Supply said reports of 60 to 65 bushels per acre were common.

Despit the weather scares along the way, the 2017 harvest has been tremendously blessed from start to finish. We have some of the best grain producers in the world living in our county, but most will tell you they can do only so much to grow and harvest even an average crop, much less one of the bumper variety.

Next week we celebrate Independence Day, honoring the birth of our nation and its freedoms. Perhaps this year we should celebrate Dependence Day, too, humbly acknowledging that every good gift is the providence of a Divine hand. Thankfulness to God and generosity toward others are our most appropriate responses. —DR