Ten Signs You Grew Up On A Farm

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You know you grew up on a Farm when:

1. You give directions not by streets, but by fields and land marks.

2. You were driving Tractors before your feet could hit the pedals.

3. Your homepage on your computer is the weather channel and everyone knows to be quiet when the weather comes on the evening news.

4. Forget ladders, you’ve got loaders and tractors to clean those gutters, trim trees and hang decorations.

5. You plan events around planting and harvesting. A wedding during plant – fuhget about it!

6. Automatic transmission, no thanks! You were driving stick by the 3rd grade!

7. You can fix anything with some elbow grease and bailing wire.

8. A lot of your wardrobe came from your family’s seed or feed dealer.

9. You learned quickly where your loyalty would be – Green or Red?

10. You know where your food comes from, after all, you raised it and grew it!

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      1. Technically, they’re square prisms. Yes, I taught Geometry for years. But I’ve never heard anyone call them anything but square bales.

      2. Well, they aren’t really rectangles-those are two dimensional!! I think they are refered to as a rectangular solid! I think that’s one of those 10 things when you know you were a teacher item!! Oh, and they aren’t round, they are cylindrical! I always told my students some day they’d need to know the difference!

      3. Nobody I know called them rectangle bales, they are called square bales and you didn’t mess with a farm girl who could pick them up and toss them around at chore time!!!

      4. They were called square bales because the end profile is a square. They opening they come out of is a square. The rectangle portion of the bale is it’s length.

      5. But….we called them “square” bales. we still put some up every summer. The twine used to bale them is called “square bale” twine. Just sayin’.

      6. You wont never hear a farmer say, go get one of those rectangle bales for me. Bet any farm on that.

      7. Yep, but if you called them “rectangle bales” you would have been laughed off the farm. And technically they are rectangular cubes…try that!

      8. I’ve got to stick up for Constance, not sure where your from but in MT we call them little squares, calling them little rectangles just doesn’t sound right!

      9. Deer made a bailer that kicked half bales onto the hay wagon, they were square. With high side boards on the wagon you did not need another person to stack out put. Good help was getting hard to find.

      10. Either way they were easier to handle. Did not need any extra equiptment to stack or feed. Plus you did not need a gym membership.

      11. When I was around three years old, my great-uncle and aunt kept me while my mom worked. One day he found me in a barn stall riding a sow that had baby piglets. She was trotting around in circles, and I was hanging on and giggling and saying, “Weeeee!” He almost had a coronary! That’s a country girl memory.

    1. The ones I remember were most certaintly SQUARE. Never seen a rectangle one. Maybe sumwhere else. Not where I live. I agree with you.

    2. there was also those little round bales. had to use a hay hook to pick them up out of the field. hard to stack, needed a wagon with head boards on both ends.

    3. Well i remember walking the length of the sprayer boom on the water truck with my lil’ radio on my shoulder & turning to watch for the truck n sprayer to come back again for 8 hours a day. Those were the days when i sported a GREAT tan. I never see the Sun anymore. LOL :0)

    4. Small squares were all we used, some neighbors used loose stacks. Fancy guys used round bales (and had baler fires!). Now it’s small, medium and large squares, soft and hard core round bales…so many choices! 🙂

    5. The baler has a square chute and presses the material to a set length. Same with a round baler which presses the material with belts into a circular orientation – we do not call them rectangle or cylinder! Square and Round.

    6. Constance, there are a lot of us that grew up throwing 100 pound square bales up on a flatbed truck or trailer, throwing them up to stack, then throwing them down in the winter to feed. It was a fact of life and built lifelong work ethics. And yes they are square bales, even if they are rectangles. Just like I’m “fixing” to go to bed!

    1. To drive anywhere, we spoke about the time it usually takes to get there, not the distance in miles/kilometres.

    1. farmer, not city money mud flinger…. you can’t jack up a truck with straight pipes and expect to hook into a gooseneck trailer or check cattle without scaring them. It’ll still haul stuff yeah, but every city runner does that…..

    1. I REMEMBER THROWING THE SQUARE BALES. NOW DAYS THEY DO
      THE VERY LG SQUARE BALES. THE BALES USE TO USE WIRE NOW DAYS
      THEY USE TWINE. MEMORIES YES AND MY HUSBAND RUINED HIS BACK FROM PICKING UP ROCK FOR HIS DAD. WHERE I GREW UP IN IOWA WE DID NOT HAVE THE ROCK= WAS SO SURPRISED WHEN I MARRIED AND CAME TO SD WITH ALL THE ROCK============
      LEOTA

    1. You got it Brenda! After schoolthere were chores before supper. Ate then done dishes and homework. No time for trouble–unless you didn’t do your chores right.

    1. One week you are playing with the bucket calf you helped raise the next week you are enjoying a rib steak from that calf. She fun to play with & delish.

    1. I got to comment on this one lol. It made me laugh. Not that stuff out of a can or frozen or in a truck a week lol, We canned all that stuff ourselves, and filled a freezer, and stored stuff in boxes in cold dark rooms, and ate it all winter long. So this one made me go, nope, we ate canned and frozen and truckin sittin food lol

      1. Maybe the fresh home grown tastes a lot better. Fresh frozen,canned tastes better during the winter. You appericate it a lot more. In the long run it is cheaper.

      1. Lol – totally still doing that today, as are our college science major daughters. NBC/ABC/CBS have nothing on a herd of mom/calf pairs. 😀

      1. We used 6 inch sprinkler pipe, gated pipe, and ditch watered watered with tubes. Irrigating our West Texas cotton was a never ending chore. My Dad bought one of the first center pivot’s in our area and I thought it was the bomb.

  1. U measure the cost of something by how many bushels of corn or beans or by how many heads if hogs u had to sell and ect….

    1. And when they’re backing up with a trailer, they still might not know what you mean! My dad does that all the time!

    1. heck yea !! raised with those blue tractors ! my dad even suped up our old tractor we used for bailing hay and made it a pulling tractor and used the new one too …

  2. YOU MIGHT BE FROM WYANDOT COUNTY IF…….

    You don’t drive to Marion or Findlay because you hate the big cities…..
    You think curly fries were invented at the DAIRY SNACK…..
    Your life changed dramatically when McDonald’s came to Upper….
    You understand that when you spell “SCUTCH”, it starts with an “M’….
    You can tell the difference in the smell of hog, cattle, and chicken manure…
    You’ve driven a piece of farm machinery to school…..
    You knew the back way to Finger’s Corners….
    You refer to 293, 294, and 182 as major routes…..
    You live in a zip code with a grain elevator but no human elevators….
    The roads you are used to are one lane and not one way…..
    You’ve heard a friend’s birthday announced on the radio…
    You reflect back and thank God that Kirby never had parking meters…
    Your kids said ”John Deere” before they said “GRANDMA”…..
    You’ve ever hung out at a gas station….
    You think that is an obvious oversight that the FIRST DAY OF DEER SEASON is not on the calendar….
    The word “GRAIN” is on at least one of your refrigerator magnets….
    You drive through Burger King and then check out the implement lots for your romantic night out….
    You know the difference between a bull, a steer, a cow, and a heifer….
    You dial the wrong number and still know who you have reached….
    You know what is supposed to be knee high by the Fourth of July…
    You can give directions to at least one covered bridge……
    You’ve taken a day off school to farm…..
    You know that the four seasons are Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Road Construction….
    You consider ARBY’S to be formal dining….
    You know the difference between Oliver green and John Deere green…
    The local paper is twice as thick on the days they print the FARMERS COLUMN….
    Your neighbor shares his garden with you…
    You consider baling wire and duct tape to be permanent repair….
    You seek out the free stuff at the Wyandot County Fair…..
    You have no problem placing “hog trough” and “wedding” in the same sentence…..
    You know which dogs ride in pickup trucks…
    You know if your neighbor kid is on the “Honor Roll”……..
    You wear specific hats to farm sales, ball games and vacations….
    Your neighbors ask you to “WATCH THE PLACE” while they are away…
    You’ve never thrown away a 5 gallon bucket…..
    You can remember crop yields, but not anniversaries….
    You’ve driven off the road while examining a neighbor’s crops….
    You’ve buried a dog and cried like a baby……..
    You’ve ever used a tractor and loader as scaffolding…..
    You’ve used something other than toilet paper as toilet paper…..
    You refer to farms by who owned them more than 50 years ago….
    Over half of your outer garments came from implement, feed, or seed dealers….
    Family weddings and special events are planned around spring planting and fall harvest…
    Your family instantly becomes silent when the weather comes on…
    You can eat an ear of sweet corn in 30 seconds with no utensils…..
    You know which schools were the BOBCATS and DRAGONS….
    It takes you thirty seconds to drive to your destination, and it’s clear across town…..
    True love means you can drive his pickup truck….
    You have a family picture with a tractor in it….
    You know that cow pies aren’t made of beef………
    Your morning prayers cover rain, tractors, and pigs….
    You still miss the way Paul Harvey said, “GOOOOD DAY”…

  3. Your not a farmer if you haven’t been in the barn when the baby pigs were casterated. And then for lunch there was a bunch of mountain oysters.

    Also, when you gather your own eggs you have to make sure you crack your eggs into a separate container than the one you are using because you might find a baby chick in the egg. And that’s not what the recipe called for.

  4. You know when the only day for a wedding is on Sunday-after the morning chores and church, and before evening chores!!!!

    You know when you have a passel of cats to keep down the mouse population!

    You know when you have no trouble finding an old work boot to plant hens and chicks in!

    You know when a homemade gift is always the best.

    You know when your hands are rough and calloused but they can do so many gentle things too!

    You know when your family and neighbors pull together to help someone in need.

    You know when you never miss a sunrise or a sunset because you’re out in it!

    You know when you make your own fun-hayrides, cleaning a newborn calf, finding that new bunch of baby kittens, riding in your wagon, playing in the haymow.

  5. Acreage is always referred to as the first person in memory who owned the land! We used to live on the old Hougendobler place. The old barn that we lost in a tornado was dated 1888. I wonder how many years it will be before the folks in the area call it the Weaver place?

  6. Yea, if having an awesome day included winning the cow pie throwing contest with your brothers, sisters, or your kids, you know your from the farm!!!

  7. you know you grew up on a farm when during a thunderstorm you wonder how many farmers fences will get wiped out by flooding “cricks”. And how many of his cows he will have to go from neighbor to neighbor to find after said thunderstorm!

  8. This is the one i still live with but I also still live on a farm. haha “When you go pass a farm you can’t smell the cow poop when everyone else can.”

  9. You took dinner (Noon meal) out to the field, because they couldn’t take the time to come in the house and eat. Also, you had to listen to the farm report and write down the prices.

  10. You have “barn scent” permeated into your skin so even after showering, you don’t know it, but the smell is still there. Especially raising hogs!

  11. The fresh farm smells during all seasons of the year. GOD’s wondrous seasonal landscapes. Teasing each other about the color of the tractors you drive. The brand of farm equipment and seed company you are very much loyal to with the caps, shirts and jackets you were.

  12. you’re working in the field for hours in the heat and you see your sister coming with a gallon of fresh lemonade and cookies

  13. You learned to drive a team of horses before you got a tracter.You milked the cows (by hand) before and after school!

  14. You hear people in the city its cold stay inside, I say its winter get over it,
    The roads not streets dirt or not, you walk the fields, so cold you can not start
    anything you go the barn and feed the cattle straw!!!!!!
    And you can not blame the other shift if things did not get done you have to do things of the day and what you did not do the day before.
    The rain comes in trees turning and you can watch the cattle they put there butts into the rain west, east, south and yes the north

  15. Wasp, bee and other critters stings weren’t waiting for store-bought medicine……..Granny’s or Grandpaw’s chewing tobacco or snuff made the best poultice for drawing out the sting.

  16. You learn to. Serve God ,your country,appreciate nature respect for Those less fortunate , and how to feed the world.

  17. You know where the milk came from, cause you milked the cow it came from…..it doesn’t come from the jug in the cooler at the store…. if you don’t know that then you didn’t grow up on the farm.

  18. Raw milk tastes way better then the watered down stuff that you buy in the store & MUCH healthier for you too. about 36˚ is the best.

  19. You couldn’t have one of those cool scooters when they came out because you only had dirt or gravel to ride in. Baby strollers had to have big wheels. You got your monthly “allowance depending on how many syphon tubes you set. You had a 4h project to get you to college not mommy and daddys money. You had a water trough for a swimming pool and a tractor tire tube for a trampoline.

  20. Not only do you know where North, South, East, and West are at any given time, but you use them in everyday conversation

  21. When I lived in Maryland near Washington DC, I was picking strawberries in a U-Pick field. The owner came by and asked me… “You lived on a farm didn’t you?” “Yes, how did you know?” He said, “Look behind you. You have been pulling weeds as you go along the row. Only a farm person will do that.”

  22. Everyone within 5 miles is considered your neighbor. Picking rock. Pulling weeds when the beans are over your head. Your driveway was longer than a football field.

  23. Yonder is a physical distance and if a storm was coming, you made sure equipment was inside and the springer heifers were somewhere dry.

  24. You know you grew up on a farm when you earned your 25 cent allowance by picking up rocks in the field or sticks in the orchard.

  25. Running in the plowed field to get legs stronger for football and riding the drill to sow the wheat completely out without skips

  26. Sucking on wheat to make it soft enough to chew and make wheat gum while combining/trucking wheat. Natural gum no sugar for cavities

  27. Getting up at 4 to be in the field by five and on agood day maybe back to the house by 9 that evening. Eating your lunch on the tail gate of a pickup.

  28. After baling or work you jump in the creek with a bar of soap! When baling you jump off the baler and pray for rain so you could go swimming and the “old man” would really get upset! KYPD cul jlg

  29. When coming from the field – hot, muddy and dirty, we would stop at the deep well where very cold water flowed up from underground. All that cold, crystal clear water flowing in the ditch persuaded us to stop and jump in. It was so cold and refreshing on a hot summer day, plus the fast flow of water washed most of the dirt and mud off of us so when we actually took our showers, we might really get clean! This is a great post and I related to every one of your entries! 🙂

  30. Well i remember walking the length of the sprayer boom on the water truck with my lil’ radio on my shoulder & turning to watch for the truck n sprayer to come back again for 8 hours a day. Those were the days when i sported a GREAT tan. I never see the Sun anymore. LOL :0)

  31. Your shoes came off the first warm day, usually some time in May(school was likely out for the summer) only to be put on for special occasions, like Church.

  32. You use a freshening chart to calculate your due date and your closer than any doctor.
    You know all the tricks and tips for blue cote and bag balm.
    You know what 4H is and FFA.
    Your joints predict the weather.
    #9….ya better add blue to that list!

  33. Also farmers are jack of all trades. They can deliver calves or kittens, too fixing electricitty and broken hearts.

  34. A rooster crowing at 5:00 AM music to your ears. You love the smell of freshly plowed dirt and newly baled hay. You know a weather front is coming based on how the farm animals act. You know how to milk a cow and can squirt milk into the barn cat’s mouth. You do not run screaming if you happen upon a black snake in the oat hay. Duct tape and mailer twine can fix most anything. The animals eat before you do.

  35. You know you were raised on a farm when the only way you could learn fractions is by off the calf bottles…well I did anyway.

  36. you believe in climate change, because you were standing outside when it changed. You also know globle warming is as pure as the hay you fed your bull yesterday.

  37. You know not to waste anything, because everything has a purpose, if not now, but sometime in the future.

  38. Tractor colors should include Blue, Silver and Orange. My family is Blue blooded. Not everyone is farmall or deere.

    As a kid it was both street names and landmarks. You knew every back road in the county too.

    Football practices was a warm up for casterating time.

    Most farm kids knew how to hunt and fish.

  39. You wave to people you meet on the roads close to the farm, and you shake your jug of milk out of habit, even if it came from the store.

  40. Every morning at breakfast was the farm report. County Fair 4H barns and buildings were the epitome of a youth’s life – prize winning animal or crop of food entry. Catching lighting bugs in a jar. Knowing a storm is coming by the shape and color of clouds and the sky.

  41. .A TRUCK has a minimum of 9 gears and 18 wheels. It can be hooked up to a grain trailer, a bull wagon or a tanker. Depending on where you live, you have to get a CDL when you are 18 or19, of course you have been driving it since you were 10 yrs old. A truck may or may not have a sleeper, but it usually has a CB, even in the world of cell phones. It is generally not the vehicle you would run to town in cuz you have to find a side street to park on, and it just too big.
    A PICKUP may be a 4×4, and it may have a maximum of 6 tires. You have to be 14 to get a farm license, 15 to get a learning permit, and at 16, after you have taken instructions from a drivers ed teacher, you can get a regular license to drive the pickup you have been driving since you were 7. A pickup can be hooked to stock trailers, flatbed trailers loaded with seed & chemicals during planting time, or a gas trailer. The bed of the pickup is loaded with every tool you can find, an air compressor, a grease gun, a couple of fence posts, several shovels and a couple of chains, a red plastic 5 gal can of gas, and 2-1 gal Clorox jugs, one with motor oil one, with gear oil, and a blue cooler filled with beer, pop and ice. Behind the seat is a shot gun hidden under the seat (incase Mom needs a ride) is a playboy, in the glove box is a Bible. On Sat night, about half of the stuff is pulled out, you get dressed up and go to town, run it through the car wash, and pick up your date.
    A Truck is not a pickup and a PICKUP IS NOT A TRUCK!

  42. When Dad yells “cows are out!!!!!!” Or you get up at 2 a.m. to go check a cow that’s freshening. Or you know you grew up on a farm, especially a dairy farm, when your joints are shot by age 40-45.

  43. You know how to work hard and you learn responsibility. If it is planting or combining season, you are not about to get to go to the ballgame or a birthday party because no one has time to stop and take you!

  44. You were bored with dissecting a frog in biology class because you’ve been helping clean and gut chickens since you were 10.

  45. You can tell you grew up on a farm when you treat the earth and animals on it with kindness and respect….also you tend to respect your elders more than no farm raised kids 🙂

  46. You give directions by miles and compass points, i.e., Come over to visit sometime — 2 mi. east, 1 mi. north — red barn, white house, you can’t miss it!

  47. You know what a 5 gallon pail and a roll of toilet paper means.
    If you’ve ever picked chaff, hay or straw out of a meal.
    If picnics happen on tailgates not in parks.
    If you have ever fallen asleep riding in the tractor.
    (for the guys) if you’ve ever peed off a tailgate.
    If you’ve checked crops while riding the bus.
    If you’ve ever tested a salt or mineral block.
    If your cows and horses were your first friends.

  48. I’ll never forget the HORROR on my little sister’s faces when, after asking what we were eating for supper one night, and my Dad told them we were eating Brandy, one of their favorite cows! OMG-so sad NOW :'(

  49. You know you’re a farmer when “an all nighter” means you were up all night with a sick animal or helping an animal with a difficult birth!

  50. U know your a farmer when, u understand MUD is an acronym for manure,urine, & dirt.
    U don’t let farm dogs lick your face ’cause u know what they been eatin’.
    U been working 2 hours before most rise for the day, 7 days a week.
    Hmm, guess I quit now, Thanks!

  51. The hot coffee and iced tea were always ready for when the neighbors dropped in. The one finger wave when you passed someone on the road. You always had a full view of the sunrises, sunsets, full moons and all the clearness of the starry universe.

  52. I’m guessing that this was written by a male who was raised on a pretty big farm. I am a female who was raised on a small family farm. The boys in my family were taught to drive the tractor, not the girls — until my youngest sister ended up being the only one left to drive. We used ladders. We had none of that gutter cleaning equipment.
    I am also noticing that most of us who are commenting here are women! We are farmers too!

  53. You love the smell of fresh plowed ground and you don’t need a psychiatrist because you have livestock and a tractor

  54. Got mud on your hands? That’s nice. Want animal shit all over your pants?
    Also, you look at jeans with holes in them selling for $40 and think about selling your barn jeans.

  55. when a big highlight of your day was when you got to ride to the grain elevator with your Dad, or even to pick up a new load of pigs or cattle in the BIG truck.. WOW! 🙂

  56. I certainly remember number 2 Driving a tractor before my feet touched the pedals. :} and number 6 driving a stick by 3rd grade.

  57. You know you are a farmer when coffee breaks are sitting on a tractor.
    And, when your kids understand the circle of life by 5 years old
    .

  58. You know the feeling of coming down a steep hill in the pickup or truck with questionable brakes…so you use compound low and creep to the bottom….OR you think your dad was full of CR_ _ when he told you to use compound low, and tried to ride the brakes and shifted in neutral!!! NO carnival ride could ever compare and usually ended with one scared driver and two angry parents.

  59. You know how to stack a hay wagon pulling bales off the baler chute, and stacking them seven or eight tiers high, higher with straw,while moving across a field. Ending with a square load you could drive into a ditch, and not spill a bale!

  60. You know you grew up on the farm when a principle fun time was a ride in the bucket of the loader tractor or being pulled behind the tractor with a long rope and a runner sled!

  61. You check to see if the cows are laying down to decide if it’s going to rain. Someone you’re related to works at the Farm Service Co-op in town. Or you actually expect your children to do chores so they learn a sense of responsibility. Or you can finish this line “I pledge my heart to…” Love these. Well done! Could go on and on. 🙂

  62. “Walking the beans” my mother said it was a great way to get a tan, and exercise. Then, we would take a “break” to wash dishes or prepare dinner or clean house. A break didn’t mean SIT/relax it just meant change of chores. Except when we prepared “coffee time” for “the men” sometimes we would sit & visit between their requests for refills. We had breakfast, coffee time, dinner (yes at noon-ish) coffee time, then supper (whenever dad got in from chores, could be 8/9/10 p.m.

    1. I swore those rocks must have reproduced because there were more the next year! And talk about pulling mustard weeds out of the fields – an unending task.

  63. Country kids curfew…..get in the door before Dad heads out to do morning milking…..met him once on the doorstep after a night of drinking….not a pretty site…..Dad didn’t say a word….turned me around at the door and march me to the barn and did chores. Lesson learned….

  64. You understand the joke of the picture of the guy with a roll of barbed wire over his shoulder and the caption reads, ‘I’m fencing in the Olympics.’

  65. You know you are a farmer when your car wanders off the blacktop while you are checking your neighbor’s wheat emerging from the ground.

  66. You know you’re a farmer when a city slicker says he’ll short cut through your clay field after a heavy rain……..and you let him. lol !

  67. Your drivers ed teacher gets in the car on the first day of behind the wheel training and the first thing he says is ” let me guess, you have been driving for years.”

  68. You logged the lumber that you built the barn with. You know what a binder, thresher, and a gristmill does. You planted pumpkins with the corn to feed the hogs during the winter. You know what lap rings, single or double trees, and trace chains are. You knew what a haystack is, how to make one, and balers still amaze you. You used a crank to start the “new” tractor.

  69. If there is a farmer in need of either planting or combining their fields for whatever reason, there are always farmer’s around to lend a hand and equipment!

  70. You dressed up to go to town on sat or sunday. Your dad or uncle talking across a crowded resturant in town to a nieghbor who might happen to be at same resturant. All the city people wondering what the?
    Listing to your uncle identify himself and town he’s calling from when calling on a ad in the paper.

  71. Contentment: Riding in an air-conditioned tractor, floating seat listening to G Gordon Liddy or Rush and tilling on down the field! Company could be included! KYPOYH & KYPD cul jlg

  72. Calves, pigs, rabbits, etc. raised to be eaten, didn’t have names. Creamed corn is made with real cream, not that icky sweet stuff out of a can. Store bought pasteurized milk gives you a tummy ache because you grew up drinking the fresh stuff with all the good bacteria in it. Eggs from the store have no taste.

  73. Your swimming pool was the “crick” and everyone ended up somehow getting zapped by the electric fence!!!

  74. You know you grew up on a farm when you spent many afternoons keeping an eye on the pasture to see which heifers were coming into heat, so you could report back who needed to be bred.
    You know you grew up on a farm when you fully understand the forbidden sport of jumping from the top hay mount to the loose hay on the barn floor… and how much trouble you were going to be in if you got caught.
    You know you grew up on a farm if you spent entire afternoons of your childhood trying to see where the cat was hiding her kittens in the loft, or trying to figure out where those little meows were coming from when she was out of the barn.
    You know you grew up on a farm if you understand the term “gotta make hay while the sun shines” in literal terms, and just the thought of it makes your neck feel sunburnt and your back itch.
    I didn’t grow up on a farm, but every summer spent a couple of blissful weeks on my sister and brother in law’s dairy farm. The work was hard, but the fun was funner.

  75. You know the difference between hay and straw…and get irritated when someone mixes them up. That’s gotta be one of the number one city folk questions I get asked.

  76. I was taught at a VERY young age that my loyalty was with orange and the other green! Allis Chalmers and Oliver!

  77. What ever job needs to be done. Consider it done and done right by a country boy. Hard work is a way of life. Have pride for an honest days work. Wave to your neighbors. Don’t complain about every ache and pain. Brings self satisfaction when the crops look good and the weather is right. Don’t complain about working from dawn till dusk and beyond. Community fairs and tractor pulls are your entertainment

  78. You are all wonderful people. Life is reality to farmers and ranchers. Roll with the punches and enjoy it.

  79. I also have vague memories of the old threshing parties – farmers always helped each other during threshing season – wish it was more like that in the city!

  80. You can also give directions using north south east & west. You can easily drive in snow. You can closely judge the acreage of a plot of ground by site.

  81. had some left over betadine from when the dog got torn up by barbed wire. My eldest son came in with a gash and I took him into the bathroom and pulled out the betadine. He was horrified that I was using the dog’s medicine on him.

  82. you live so far out in the sticks that the only folks who came your way were looking to steal something or let you know a relative had passed away.

    1. It is spelled incorrectly in the article, but not in a lot of comments. It’s what you tie up a square bale of hay with; baling twine. Its a thin, strong twine, not nearly as heavy as rope. But I love your guess!

    2. Actually, it is a wire with a loop in one end that was used before twine. It is NOT rope. The idiot cubes (square bales) would be tied with these. The non looped end would go through the loop and twist back around itself to form a bale.

  83. I love the farm and farmer! I married a farmer and he patiently taught this small town girl to farm side by side with him! For 49 years now!

  84. All I know is that square bales have square corners no matter what else their shape is and round bales have round ends no matter what their size is.—–Also a has-been teacher.

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