What Drives Your Decision Making Process?

Prairie Gleanings

"Because that's what dad always did" may not be the best justification in today's world.

Published on: April 19, 2011
Yesterday, I heard a story that is a great allegory to potentially poor decision making on the farm.

There once was a young bride who decided to make her husband a pot roast for dinner. After trimming the meat, she cut the end off the roast and put it in the pan. As her husband watched her prepare dinner, he asked, “Why do you cut the end off before you put it in the pan?”

Because mom always did, she replied. Thinking about it the next day, she called mom and asked her why she cut the end off the roast. Mom said because that’s how grandma always did it. Ask her.

So, the young bride called grandma and inquired about cutting the end off the roast. Her grandma laughed and said, “Honey, we never had a pot big enough to hold the whole roast, so I always had to cut the end off.”

The story makes for a good laugh, but the deeper question is, “Why do you make the decisions you do?” If the answer is “because that’s what dad always did” are you sure that dad’s way takes into account new science and technology?

This analogy translates very well with progressing corn seeding recommendations. Used to be, there was no reason to go above 30,000 plants per acre. As seed corn companies select for hybrids that produce more in higher populations, dad/grandpa’s recommendation may be a bit out of date. At the very least, you owe it to yourself to find out.

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