6 Resolutions Farmers Should Keep for the New Year

Farmer Looking Over His Crops

Congratulate yourself on making it through another year of planting, plowing and harvesting. Over the years, you’ve perfected your craft with hard work, perseverance and patience. involves many years of sweat and endurance. Now that it’s a new year, it’s a great time to evaluate what’s working, what’s not working and how to keep improving the farm work. Here are 6 resolutions that every farmer should keep for the new year:

  1. Embrace Innovation With Technology

Technological advances are happening in every industry – why not utilize technology in farming? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate that ‘old faithful’ equipment that is no longer so faithful. We’ve all been there – right in the middle of mowing down the grass and that busted old machine that’s given us so much throughout the years takes it’s last breath. Optimize your farming technique and stimulate your crops by bringing in some new tools like the Dewalt – 142 Piece Mechanics Tools Set. Take on the New Year with some new equipment with the Dr Power Equipment – Versa – Trailer Pro Package. If you feel like your tools and equipment have some fight left in them then bring them to our Service Centers; we can take a look at any Big R machines you’ve bought. You can also check out our Parts Store for a quick way to order parts online. Want an easy way of checking on your acres? Drones are becoming increasingly popular and can help you supervise and maintain your land. Technology will only continue to advance. Make sure you are ahead of the competition by keeping up with the innovative technology.


  1. Promote Education in Agriculture

Become an advocate for farm culture. More and more consumers have become curious about where their food comes from. You planted those seeds, worked long hours maintaining and waited for the most prime point of ripeness to harvest. Let the people know how much hard work goes into their delicious meal. Give the public a taste of where it came from. Plant the seeds of knowledge and watch the amount of consumers grow and come to appreciate the process even more.

  1. Keep Learning

Stay on top of your game by learning new tricks and tips of the trade. Being a student can be just as beneficial as being a teacher. Agriculture continues to evolve. Converse with other farmers, maybe they have some insight on something you’ve been having trouble with or maybe they need your expertise. Do your research online. The World Wide Web is an amazing place where billions of people can share their experiences and advice.

  1. Try Something New

Humans are creatures of habit. We hold traditions and habits very close to home because what we know is comforting. It’s hard to break apart from the usual and try something new but how do you know that what you’ve been doing for years is the best way to do it if you’ve never tried any other way? It may be time to try a new technique or head into a different direction. If your crops or livestock seem increasing unhappy, try a new system or rearrange the layout of your landscape. Everyone is a little nervous about trying new things but change is natural and as the nature of farming evolves we must evolve with it.

  1. Use Social Media

If you haven’t yet entered the realm of social media this may be the year to do so. Having a Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram is a great way to connect with potential consumers. You’ll have the ability to share what you’re working on and promote what you’re selling. Instagram is easy to use and you can showcase your crops and new tools, and stay aware of what others are doing as well. Utilize these websites and apps to educate consumers on your products and keep them up-to-date with your progress; build a community online.


  1. Make Time to Relax


The fresh dirt, the growth of a new crop and the ability to eat something you made with your bare hands are some of the best rewards that farming can offer. But after a long day in the field your body is probably aching and deserves a good rest. Make time to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet. There will always be more things to do on the farm and in the house but you need to make time to cool down and unwind. Maybe take your horse out for a ride along the hillside and watch the sunset. Pick up a good book and lay out in the field soaking in the fresh air. When the weather eases up, invite the friends over for a brew and fire up the barbeque with our Pit Boss – 700 Deluxe pellet Grill. Making time to relax and decompress will help you feel ready for whatever else may come up.




Agriculture is an important part of life but it can be challenging and hard work. Embracing change allows you to develop and strengthen your practice. Don’t be afraid to show how proud you are for all the work you’ve done and share your accomplishments. Big R supports farmers big and small so stop in for any of your farming needs. Need tractor parts? We can help you find it with our parts store. Get rewarded for picking up your farming supplies by joining the Ag+ Plus program to get a 2% rebate on any purchases made on your card.

About Big R

Bill and Pat Crabtree originated the Illinois Big R Stores in 1964 opening the first store in Watseka, Illinois. To date 20 stores have been opened in Illinois and Indiana; 2 stores in Ohio and 1 store in Wisconsin and we are still proud to be family-owned and operated. Our 12 Illinois stores are located in Watseka, Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac, Morris, Pekin, Washington, Rochelle, Homer Glen, Streator and McHenry. Our 8 Indiana stores are located in Warsaw, 2 locations in Elkhart, Rochester, Wabash, Crawfordsville, Michigan City, and Marion. Our 2 stores in Ohio are located in Lima and Findlay. And 1 location in Wisconsin in Burlington. The offices and warehouses for Big R remain in Watseka, IL. Farm and Ranch store owners in the western states started the Big R brand name; they chose the name "Big R" to convey the "Ranch" identity. The Big R group is now comprised of 12 independent owners with store locations throughout the U.S. They all are members of Mid-States Distributing Company of St. Paul, MN. The Mid-States Coop has over 600 stores throughout the United States and Canada.