What have you been up to since the Generation Next crew filmed you last year? How is the farming life going?
We've had probably one of the best years on our wheat, this year, on the record. With the prices now on the market prices are higher than they've ever been, record highs, even. So things are a little different than when [the documentary crew] was out here last year.
We had good moisture throughout the summer, and a lot of snow this winter, and that's what really gives us our excellent crops. We're also getting ready to get into the fall corn in the next couple of days. Our corn actually goes to the feed lots for the cattle, the others will be hauled to the elevators, and it'll be distributed out to where it needs to go.
Where do you see the future of American farming headed over the next 10-20 years?
If it keeps like where it is now, it's excellent, but it all depends on weather-related issues. If the market prices stay where they're at now, it's looking good for the producers for the next 10-15 years.
They're putting ethanol plants within 6-8 miles within Leoti (Cole's hometown); it helps the economy out a lot. The byproducts farmers get off the ethanol plants, and just being able to take the grain off the ethanol plants, it benefits everyone.
Is your wife Bridgette still teaching at the junior high school? Do you plan on starting a family soon?
Yeah, she's teaching there, we bought a house here in town a couple of months ago. That's about the only thing that's changed there. When the time happens, we'll be ready to start a family.
How much interaction do you have with people outside of the Leoti and farming community?
I've got friends in Nebraska and eastern Kansas, but they do pretty much the same thing, where we're now getting to the busy time of the year where we drill wheat and bring in the fall harvest. This is probably one of our busiest times of the year in the fall.
What do you do for fun when not tending to the farm?
I do a lot of hunting. That season is rolling around too, when we get around into this weather. That's pretty much about it, we farm and we hunt.
In the documentary you talked about your cell phone and the satellite radio, how much do you use the Internet for fun, e-mail, or social networking sites?
We use the Internet a lot in marketing. We can get up-to-date prices and in that sense, we also use it for the weather. I don't need it at all for blogging or anything. I do send some e-mails back and forth with some friends. I don't have much interest in much else, although there are some time reasons, too. I'd say I use the Internet 98 percent of the time for business use.
Do you follow politics at all?
We do, but we don't get in-depth to it a whole hill of beans lot. There is what comes in on CNN and all of that, but I haven't been following it too close. We've got too many other irons in the fire right now.
What's the slow season for farming? What do you do during that time?
From November to February. I do side jobs, whatever I can find. I truck, and there're neighbors with cattle around, just kind of odds and ends around town. There is also some shop work that we do in the winter time.