Remove Barriers by Building
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Thu Apr 9, 2015 04:30 PM CDT

Marathon runners will tell you that sooner or later, they all hit "the wall." It's a performance barrier that is a combination of psychological and physical fatigue. The best runners work through it.

For 21 years, Ben Riensche has been steadily jogging in a farm-expansion marathon. His grain-farming operation, centered in Jesup, Iowa, has grown from 1,800 acres to more than 11,000. The growth pace has been purposeful, and progress seemed almost inevitable. But recently, the race had gotten harder, and mile markers seemed farther apart. Riensche hadn't hit a psychological wall. Rather, his 150,000-bushel bin setup had become a ...

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