Senwes Scenario June / July 2017 - Page 4

•••• To win or overcome IN THIS EDITION THE OVERARCHING THEME OF ARTICLES SEEMS TO BE TO WIN OR TO OVERCOME. TAKE FOR INSTANCE NAMPO HAR- VEST DAY’S 51 st YEAR OF EXISTENCE AND WITH IT THE OVERWHELMING SUCCESS OF NATION IN CONVERSATION’S 5 th VISIT TO THE LEADING AGRICULTURAL SHOW. T his led me to the word win. Win means to be successful or victorious in a contest. After I delved deeper into the origin of the word win, I came across a section which describes the Old English word winnan as a predecessor to win. Winnan means to struggle, strive or fight. And what better way to describe it, because that is exactly what precedes the months or years before the overwhelming feeling of victory. word win in it, like to win by a nose, win hands down, win on points, win one's spurs, win out, win over and you win some, you lose some, to name but a few. Keeping with the theme we also focus on the new 2017 winners of the Young Farmer of the Year competitions, with Johan van Huyssteen being the Free State winner and Ro’an van Tonder the winner from Northwest. We also feature an article by Francois Strydom on how to be a winning agricultural company. We are expecting record yields for the current financial year, which is another victory in itself and, with Senwes funding the Smart Agri Risk Management Desk, it is yet another win for farmers, as this function will investigate the increase of risk in the agricultural sector over particularly the last decade. Enjoy these articles and many more in this edition as we are overcome by the sense of winning, especially after the past few years of drought. Aubrey Kruger EDITOR The first recorded history of win as in victorious, was in 1300, while the first recorded history of winning as in the modern sense of victory, came only in about 186