It was a back road, dirt first hard gravel next. Thankfully it ran parallel to Route 1 allowing me to stay off of this main highway.
The pick-up truck pulled up beside me. “Is that you Tom?”, a familiar voice said.”My son’s farm is just ahead. Meet me there”. I was intrigued and pleased.
The voice was none other than Roger Fisher whom I had encountered both of the previous two days. Small world!
Roger explained many details of Arkansas farming.”We irrigate by gravity”, he explained while showing me an intrecate maze of exactly dimensioned levies encircling his soybean field. “There are many absentee landlords around here”, he continued. “The land lease costs $200 an acre. That will bankrupt a farmer. The other way is better. The landlord takes 25% of the crop”
Now that is education while race walking!