It takes a special person to farm. At times that “specialness” sometimes turns into a certain level of, shall I say, “oddness?” Here are my top 10 reasons why farmers are a little odd:
1) Farmers have binocular vision
How is it that they can see a piece of machinery in a field five miles away and know the model of tractor, what field it is in, who is driving and also knows they are eating the last half of a bag of Cheetos? (okay, maybe a little exaggeration, but you get the point . . .)
2) Farmers have a “Need to Know Everyone Who Drives By and Why” syndrome.
It never fails. When a truck drives by the farm, farmers know who it is (and most of the time just by the sound of the truck) and the reason they are driving by. And if they don’t, they will ask anyone nearby, even if they know that person does not know. It becomes the topic of discussion at that moment.
3) Farmers and driving are sometimes a hazardous combination.
Have you ever ridden in a truck with a farmer? Let me just say, it can be very hazardous to your health, especially when driving through the countryside. I swear farmers remind me of the “devil farmer who spins their head 360 degrees” while looking at what other farmers are doing in their fields or farmyards – all while driving! My advice? Keep your eyes straight ahead, have your hands ready to take the steering wheel OR, better yet, offer to drive. I do the latter often – for my own safety.
4) Farmers know exactly where everything is on their farm.
But when it comes to the house, it’s like they have left their memory in the barn. For example, last week the sugar bowl needed refilling. Instead of asking me to fill it, my farmer decided to do it himself (surprising, I know). Simple job, right? Well, he ended up looking in every cupboard except the one the sugar canister was in. Let me just share the sugar has always been in the exact same place for the last 28 YEARS!
5) Running errands ALWAYS takes longer than what you think.
If you ever ride along with a farmer to the local Fleet Farm store, be prepared to be there awhile. It’s almost a 100% guarantee they will run into other farmers, who also have this overwhelming desire to solve the world’s problems right in the middle of the Fleet and Farm store. And, believe me, that takes a while.
6) Farmers know exactly who has driven on the farmyard just by looking at the tire tracks.
Now, most of the time I can’t tell anyone has driven on the farmyard. But farmers have this superman vision (goes along with #1) and can tell exactly who has been there just by the tire indentations in the gravel. They know what tires are on what kind of vehicle and what indentations those tires make. In the end, they probably know what they wanted anyway. It just blows my mind some days.
7) Farmers thrive during harvest.
During harvest, when the workday is done by 11:00 p.m., farmers consider it an early night. And they are back at it by 6:00 a.m. the next day. Day after day until the work is done. Thank goodness for adrenaline rushes, caffeine, and harvest lunches because that is what keeps them going. And they love every minute of it.
8) Farmers know their neighbors.
Farmers know their neighbors. Neighbors help each other and usually never ask anything in return. And if a neighbor is in real dire straights, neighbors will be tripping over themselves to help out. It’s just what farming neighbors do.
9) Working hard while not knowing the end result.
Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail. But even though the failures, farmers always, always think next time will be better – over and over again.
10) Farmers have the utmost respect for nature.
In the midst of the day-to-day work, farmers will stop and admire, appreciate and respect nature that is around them. They go out of their way to help – like the time my farmer put flag markers around a killdeer nest with eggs because the killdeer happened to build a nest next to a high traffic area on the farmyard. It’s the little things that really are big things. And they know that.
And while the top 10 reasons why farmers are a little odd, farmers think it’s a little odd when certain people think farmers are the evil-doers in the food world. It’s incomprehensible to them. Yes, they may be odd at times. Evil-doers? Not by a long shot.
Peg Greenway says
Spot on! All ten are so very true, especially the last one (10 1/2?) I’m always amazed at the tenderness and caring those big, strong, farmer boys display at times.
Eldon Selk says
I guess most are all true! But May I add that most farmers are way better drivers than 90% of the drivers on the road today!! and if you don’t believe that, try driving one of those big machines down the road!!
Mary Holthaus says
I can honestly relate to every one on the 10, maybe my farmer is just normal!!!
Great list! Jonathan got pulled over one morning to do a sobriety test…he was checking out the crops and was weaving in his lane. He passed, and was told to keep his eyes on the road. :)
Haha, Carolyn! Yes, I am surprised this hasn’t happened to mine also! Good thing no one was one the road he was on.
This is so perfect!
Julie Kenney says
Sounds like my farmer, Wanda! Great post.
Judi Graff (@farmnwife) says
#4 is so true. And isn’t #9 the definition of insanity?
Yes, I would agree Judy. Sometimes you have to question the sanity of what we do.
Number 5 is spot on the worst thing is he was there so long he forgot what he was there for
Pat B says
I have just found your blog and what a wonderful entry to find. I do need to add one thing, that yes, farmers know where everything is on the farm (never inside the house), they can even tell you has been in the yard by the type of tire tracks that were left and where that vehicle was on the farm. They even know where someone was stuck in a snowbank (namely me) after being gone a few days. My farmer also works off the farm and when people have asked how I will handle the snow removal, his response was “she knows how to use the skid steer”. Gotta love ’em!
from another Minnesotan (southern Mille Lacs county)
Love it! Yes, and that is a great one! Farmers do know who has been on their farmyards just by the tracks! Thanks!
Holy cow! So very true…especially the first 3. I constantly tease my husband about him knowing or needing to know who just drove by. And he can tell just by the sound of the truck who it is! Lol!
It’s unbelievable when you think about the things they know and see. LOL!
Jen Hobby (The Shepherd's daughter) says
How true. I’m the farmer, and whether male or female each rings. Particularly the driving one, about gave my apprentice a coronary just the other day. All the more reason not to build interstates through farms. Was checkin’ out one of my homies fields at 70mph.
Love it! Yes, we all understand!
Alex Polikowsky says
oh my! This is pretty much my husband. Only difference is that he is excited not about harvest but the cows!
And the killdeer nests! Great idea with the flags!!! We loves those buggers!!! Why do they pick some bad places to put their nest?
Yes, I love seeing killdeers also. And, no kidding, this killdeer put it’s nest right in the middle of the traffic zone on our farm!
Great post. All these things are true. Particularly liked ….How is it that farmers can see a piece of machinery in a field five miles away and know the model of tractor…..Its beautiful to live on the farm.
It’s amazing. And, yes, living on a farm is wonderful!
We are not odd, the rest of the world is. Farmer in Oregon, born in Minnesota.
ALLEN BLEICK says
I am with you Orvis. you can take the man off the farm, but never the farm out of the man.
Hannah @Sunshine and Spoons says
Love this! I’m a town girl, born and raised, but I married a farmer :)
Duane Lanter says
Oh my gosh , yes I am guilty of all of them and somehow we keep feeding all those people who think we are trying to kill them . We eat the same food as everyone else . Lol
Wanda Patsche says
Yep! Just need to keep telling people about what we do!
Sandra Berry says
Farmers drive slower than the speed limit because they are always checking out crops and comparing their crops to the neighbors! ???
Wanda Patsche says
Yes! Good one! I have told my husband more than once that he is a traffic hazzard because he is driving slow.
Omg! My dad is a farmer, and I married a farmer… ALL THESE THINGS ARE TRUE!
Wanda Patsche says
Isn’t it crazy?
Long tales from the Short Rows says
Yes, a very accurate list. Great blog!
Wanda Patsche says
Pam Janssen says
Thank the Lord because the farmers wife helps keep hom on track!!! Love my farmer!!!!!