With Harvest Tucked Away, Farmers Will Play

| 11/24/2015 8:58:00 AM

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It’s that time of year again when people reflect on why they are truly thankful. Farmers are no exception. OK, I know many of you are thinking, “another article on farmers.” What can I say, I have a soft spot in my heart for them, once farming is in your blood, it is there for a lifetime. Besides, I do like to eat and they do feed us all.

During spring planting and fall harvest they literally live in the fields. When it’s a family operation, like the Hacker family who farms my ground, it becomes a well-oiled harvesting operation.  Mark runs the combine, his wife Monica drives the grain cart alongside so he can dump on the go, his father Ron and his nephew Chris haul the grain in the semi and his mother Ruth brings lunch and dinner to them in the fields and is the “gopher” for anything else that needs done. It is nothing for them to put in 16-hour-plus days, day after day. Their “break” consists of a quick shower and a couple hours of shut eye before they are back at it. So it goes for many farmers across the country.

It is the most important game farmers will ever play; they try to plant the best seed type for their ground, choose the best fertilizer, gamble when to plant, when to harvest. In the end it is God and Mother Nature who decide when the harvest will be and how fruitful it will be. A good year or a bad year could make or break them. So, on top of their thankful list is a bountiful harvest. Some years they are thankful for just a harvest.

Secondly, on every farmer’s list of things to be thankful for is, as much as they love what they do, a couple months when there is no more planting, fitting the ground, spraying or harvesting. They actually get to have a “normal” life, whatever that is. Unlike other 9 to 5 jobs where people go home and forget their work until the next day, farming is always on a farmer’s mind and pretty much dictates their life. With that said, though, during the “off” months farmers do have other passions. So, what do they do for play?

There is always the cleaning up of equipment and doing repairs so they are ready to roll in the spring when next year’s weather breaks, but in the meantime they have various interests. I was surprised at some of the answers I got.

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