I stopped at the Schaunaman farm near Aberdeen, S.D., this past week. I didn’t recognize Chad, right off though he looks the same after 9 years. (Sorry, Chad, no improvement.)
Chad reminded me that I’d taken this picture. It all came back when he recalled our conversation about our wrestling son, Nick, going off to be a custom-combiner that summer.
Turns out, Chad was a wrestler, too. He grew up at Ashley, N.D., and then went on to collegiate wrestling — first at Concordia College, and then at Northern State University. That’s where he was when his uncles, Craig Schaunaman and Kirk Schaunaman employed him on their C&K Farm. Craig is the state executive director for the Farm Service Agency in South Dakota. Kirk and Chad are holding down the fort at home.
Please read about the Schaunamans and their calving season in Agweek magazine on April 25.
After our interview, I told Chad I’d like to meet Dylan sometime. Dylan is now 12, he said, and was in school in Aberdeen. He’s just starting to hunt.
I’ll be anxious to see what young Dylan will do in life — on the farm or off. Any clue in the intensity behind those glasses, above? I’m hoping commodity prices straighten out so the young world-feeders in our midst can grab the brass ring.
Anybody say Amen?