Thrifty millionaire

I had to chuckle while reading the responses to the “Million-dollar question” in the Your Input section of the February issue of your magazine [pages 98 and 99]. Before reading the responses, I knew that many of the answers would come from those who seemingly have the whole process of farming today all figured, with a whole lot of economic jargon as to what to do with a million bucks. However the response from Herbert Wodtke so much reminded me of my Dad (as well as many other farmers who have survived in the business of farming) with his very practical and down-to-earth response. Mr. Wodtke said that he wouldn't spend any of his million on a new truck since “no new pickup is worth $25,000 to $32,000.” He would spend some of his money on overhauling his old truck. I think this type of attitude is probably why Mr. Wodtke is still in business!

As for my Dad, I'm not sure, but he might buy a new chain saw (with a compression release). He might look for a slightly newer backhoe (one that didn't need to have the hydraulic reservoir filled every day), but the price would have to be really good. He might even buy a new chair for his deer blind. Other than that, he'd probably keep plugging away and fixing all the old stuff we have. However he and my mother may quit a little earlier than usual and take a few more trips to the casino!

Also, I'm really surprised that somebody didn't write in and say, “I'd take the money and continue to farm until the million ran out”!
Tony Bohac
Owosso, MI

Subsoiler points

We have an older five-shank subsoiler purchased in the early 1980s, and we are in need of the points as the old ones have been rebuilt so many times. The tag on the frame says: PM Company, Poplarville Manufacturing Company, Poplarville, MS 39470. It also has on it PICO Quality, Chattanooga. The points are held on with a roll pin.

Any help in locating the points for this piece of equipment would be appreciated. I have checked JD and IH, and their points will not work.

Thanks for your time and your great magazine.
Michael Gompert
Mitchell, NE

We were not able to find information about the PM Company; however, we located a company called C.F.C. Distributors in Indiana that carries subsoiler points during peak season requirements. Contact C.F.C. Distributors Inc., 8555 N. SR 15, Roann, IN 46974, 800/548-6633.

Correction

In the Livestock section of our March 2003 issue (page 34), we published the wrong photo for a new bulk bag system from Easy Automation.