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Drive with Extra Care during Harvest

Date posted - September 17, 2013

With harvest coming up I hope everyone will respect the fact that the farmers are bringing their crops to town. Don’t pull out in front of them and then stop quickly to turn. Tractors and trucks do not drive like cars and accidents can be deadly when a tractor hits a car.

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56 Responses to “Drive with Extra Care during Harvest”

  1. Just Saying says:

    And on that note, I hope the farmers remember that they do not own the road and to be courteous to other drivers. So many times over the years I have seen farmers come through town in combines taking up both lanes.. And now that the highway will be 3 lanes how is that going to work? Will they pull to the edge so oncoming cars can use the turn lane? We all have places to go and jobs to get to just like they do so I think the original post needs to be applied to both farmers and regular drivers.

  2. yardman says:

    same can be said for the farmer…I have had numerous times where farmers pull out on roads instead of waiting an extra minute for a car to go by….They tend to think they own the road this time of year…

    • yardman says:

      Also want to add that farmers need to have the proper lights and reflective signs on all wagons and equipment. Last year I saw many without either and at night they are hard to see when you come up on them..

  3. 6th Street says:

    With harvest coming up I hope farmers will respect the fact that they are still bound by the same laws as everyone else driving a vehicle down the road.

    Which does not include:

    1. Driving down a blacktop with half a disc hanging over the yellow line.

    2. Driving down a blacktop with the outside dual and/or axle sticking over the yellow line.

    3. Driving at night without tail lights on wagons or flashers on tractors.

    4. Pulling out from a gravel at 2 miles an hour with two wagons making traffic have to slam on their brakes.

    5. Making a left turn across traffic with no signal in front of oncoming cars just because.

    But hey, if I slid into millions in land and equipment from my parents’ trust fund I’d probably think I was really important too.

    • casey says:

      You don’t have a clue. You made yourself sound like a complete idiot!!!!!

      • farmer says:

        I agree with you casey, everyone talks like they know what’s going through that farmers head when they are driving down the road, as if it’s always the farmers fault that the cars have to step on their brakes a bit to slow down, not like a tractor can take off right away and be doing thirty by the time is through the intersection. It’s just as much as willing power for the farmers to watch out, but traffic is the biggest factor to all the problems and accidents during harvest. They need to always be prepared to stop or slow down for machinery, and drive with caution and care (to all drivers in machinery or traffic) to your best ability during this harvest. If traffic helps out and watches out for the machinery going up and down the road, it makes it easier for us and then we will be more willing to watch out for you too.

        • 6th Street says:

          I didn’t know you had to have a reason to “…be more willing to watch out for [us]…”

          Isn’t it your lawful duty as a driver on a public road to watch out for people?

          You make it sound like you get to decide if there should be an accident or something.

  4. Retired teacher says:

    C’mon people… again, have a little patience out there. The harvest season is not a long one and I don’t believe that farmers think they own the road. There isn’t always a better choice of how to get to the elevator. All of us need to keep our eyes open and stay alert. Respect the farmer at this time…they feed you.

  5. don't agree says:

    Farmers can avoid all the hassle by NOT TAKING PAVED ROADS all the way into town!!! I understand that they have to once they’re close to town, but they should take gravels as much as humanly possible in order to stay out of our way. The roads are made for cars and trucks, NOT tractors and combines!

    thank you

    • Farmer's Daughter says:

      Its not always that simple for the farmers to be able to take gravel the ENTIRE WAY!! Like it was said before harvest is not a very long season so please be patient with the farmers, after all we are what put food on everyone’s tables. it is a stressful time for everyone, farmers & their families and everyone else.

    • farmer says:

      Some of you drivers that act so important are the people that give us farmers the problems and hassle on the roads because you people could care less. We aren’t going to go miles out of our way to get to town just to please you because you can’t wait 20 seconds behind machinery until you could pass, and the road wasn’t just built for you either, it was built for getting places and sure enough is our road as it is yours.

      • don't agree says:

        If the roads are just as much the farmers as for other vehicles, why don’t farmers have to pay registration fees on their farm equipment? Registration fees are there to help cover costs to repair roads. Farm equipment does more damage to roads than cars do, so if they want to use paved roads, they should have to pay registration fees like everyone else.

        • Ashshade says:

          The farmers don’t have to pay registration because they do own the road. Well half of it. The land owner owns the road to the center line, the county took the road or the right of way so that farmers would have a way to get to town, and so that the city folk wold have a way to get from town to town.

      • ha what says:

        Waiting 20 seconds? No Problem! that is the best case scenario, I rarely if ever get that lucky! Farmer… when you see a line of cars a half mile long stacked up behind you, pull over for 20 seconds and let them all pass. And if the shoulder is wide enough why not use it?

  6. Retired teacher says:

    Some farmers maybe do these things that some of you are writing about…. but not ALL farmers. I know…… because I am married to one.

  7. Londa says:

    I will agree understand that we farmers can be frustrating for those of you not directly involved; but I am going to ask for your patience during this harvest season. There are times that yes the equipment does take up more than 50% of the road, but we cannot expect all roads to be widened just because equipment of today is larger than the equipment of the 1950’s when the roads were first engineered. As farmers we appreciate the work that you do whether it be engineering, grocery store clerks helping to move our products, repair people servicing our equipment, fuel delivery personnel, sales people helping us to make purchases, truckers bringing our products to different places so that value can be added to our products, and the people working in the plants adding value to our products. There is many other people that make our work possible and we thank you for that, but we also ask that you consider whether or not we makeyour life any better. My family and I take a lot of pride in providing nutritious food for your dinner tables; and we hope that you also can see the benefit there is to having a farming community.

    • farmer says:

      Most communities in our area wouldn’t be what they are without agriculture around them, whether they would like to believe or not. Many small town around here (Archer, George, Little Rock, Ashton, etc…) wouldn’t be probably surviving with out the agriculture we have around us.

    • Jason says:

      What Iv’e been noticing the last 10 years or so is farm equipment just keeps getting bigger, yet our roads don’t. When is someone (DOT) going to step in and regulate how wide equipment can be? Is this some grand experiment to see how many accidents occur because some farmer’s disk is hanging 4 feet over the yellow line and I’m supposed to safely get on the 1 foot wide shoulder on some county road to avoid getting killed? We seem to just allow farmer’s to do whatever they want: 40′ wide bean head on a combine going down Hwy 18, sure, no problem… “Everyone just needs to move out of their way” It’s amazing we don’t have more accidents around here.

  8. An Idea says:

    I realize farmers slow down traffic that’s why you should drive with an eye out for them!! Do you understand what the farmers do for a small towns economy? Sit down and think about it. Your job or your husbands just might be eliminated if not for the farmers.

    • Jason says:

      Your comment does not address the core issue here. That is that modern farm equipment is too big to safely travel on our road system. Sure, you can claim that all jobs around here are dependent on it, blah blah. Say that when you pop over a hill going 55 mph and there is a tractor sitting in the road with a 18′ wide wagon in front of you… Maybe Iowa needs to make the speed limit 45 during harvest season? Serious suggestion folks.

  9. Biker says:

    Talks about roads in sheldon. 16th street. Country club. Western ave. sure a lot of traffice and truck etc. but everyone keeps to the 80000 pound limit. Seems like a farmer is exempt from things like this. Farmers have a lot of advantages that ordinary town people do not. So all in all yes they need concrete roads to get to the coop to but yes with the millions of dollars that they have, invested, land equipment they own one has to admit they do own the road!

    • Tim Kamstra says:

      ‘Farmers have a lot of advantages that ordinary town people don’t have’
      Would you please explain your statement. I would like to know what YOU think that advantage is.

  10. Small-time farmer says:

    I don’t think anyone is telling the farmers to leave NW Iowa or to not do their job.
    I for one really appreciate that the farmers have killed all the insects in NW Iowa so that I don’t have to clean my windshield when I stop to fill up with government subsidized E85 ethanol. Who needs bees anyways?
    I think earlier posters are talking about the bone-head farmers who think that we all owe them our lives for “putting food on our table” to the point that they have no respect for others on the road – i.e. no marker lights, blinkers, or markings; not taking off their 800 row corn head when moving 5 miles down the blacktop, etc.
    I also appreciate all the wagons of grain heading to town carrying twice as much weight as a semi on half the axles while burning road-tax-free diesel.
    But seriously, I love farmers. They are responsible for my livelihood.
    God Bless America.

  11. Retired teacher says:

    Not ALL farmers “slide” into millions in land and equipment. That was an unkind statement to make. It’s a tough and risky business from year to year. Some years are better… some years are not.

    • Small-time farmer says:

      I apologize to all those who think grain farming is what it was in the 80’s; they’re not going to like what I have to say.

      Tough and Risky?
      The GPS driven $200,000 tractors and making the phone call to the Co-op to spray your weeds and bugs does make grain farming a tough job.
      Having crop insurance and a government guaranteed price for grain also makes farming a risky job.
      Ask Rosenboom if they get a check from the government if the economy “dries up” and they lose a ton of cylinders sales (profit). Or if the government guarantees a price that they’ll get for their cylinders.

      But seriously, I love farmers. Even the ones who still think it’s 1985.
      God Bless America.

    • An Idea says:

      Regardless farmers pay taxes on the land they own too. How do you think Sheldon got the new middle school? Raised the taxes on the land!

  12. kickingwest says:

    Reading these comments tells me no one really understands how many jobs are created by farmers. Lets get started. Rozenboom Machine and tool makes cylinders for that big equipment going down the road. Demco makes wagons and sprayers. AGP produces soybean meal for livestock. Elevators sell chemicals and feed. Ampi produces cheese and milk sold to them by the farmers in the area. Accountants main business is farmers. a lot of factory worker do taxes online. Trucking industry delivers the equipment, food, livestock, all dealing with farmers. Den Hartog industries and Tanks in Sheldon both make a lot of agriculture parts. Banks borrow alot of money to farmers for operating notes. Construction building Hog buildings. Insurance farmers need. The list goes on and on!! People stop complaining about farmers! Everyone lets be safe this Harvest Season!!!!!!

    • Reading some of these responses just makes my blood boil! I am a farmer’s daughter, married to a farmer, and help my family during the harvest season. Those of you who like to hurl accusations and feel like farmers have it so ‘easy’ have obviously never tried farming before. There are good times and bad, and I’ve lived long enough to experience both sides of the coin. Can we not just be supportive of each other, instead of having to get our ‘digs’ in whenever and wherever we can? I’m sure glad I live in the country and not on 6th Street – Yikes, I sure feel for your neighbors with that kind of chip on your shoulder… Hoping the harvest season is safe for everyone!

      • Kinda Annoyed says:

        I agree, KIWA had to know that putting this post on here would cause these kind of arguments, and have some slightly ticked off farmers….I know I’m not gonna have them on in the combine this harvest.

        • Small-time farmer says:

          Dear Kinda Annoyed –
          You think KIWA is supposed to police and pull this public editorial because they “might have some slightly ticked off farmers”? Where do you think we live? Russia?

          I’m sorry you don’t feel this way, but his back and forth is fun. You need to get out of the diesel fumes and make your way outside of NW Iowa sometime.

          It’ll be OK. No one here (not even me) hates farmers. Go YouTube Paul Harvey’s “So God made a farmer” and go to bed.

          • Kinda Annoyed says:

            They actually do police this why do you think it takes so long for your posts to get on here….the moderator looks over all the posts

        • Tim Kamstra says:

          hey, don’t put blame where it should not be. putting kiwa in the same catagory as those people that seem to have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to someone else trying to be succesful is not right. it seems to me after reading all the negative comments about someone else, perhaps we should put the blame on ourselves. we live in a society that is go go go, and heaven forbid you get in my way. life is too short people. learn to have some tolerance for others and what they do. yes this is a farming community, if it pisses you off so much to have to slow down for someoneelse just trying to do his/her job, maybe you need to find a different community. yes there are those farmers that perhaps need a few lessons, on safety. but perhaps the op-ed writer that is going 55 over a hill knowing that there may be a slow moving vehicle over the hill, or even kids on bikes, needs a few lessons too. use commen sence not only in farming season but when ever you drive. and maybe, just maybe it would not hurt to just SLOW down a little.

    • ha what says:

      What is your point?
      Are you trying to tell us that they are so important to the community that they really should not have to be courteous to the other people on the road and that we should all just get out of their way. May be everyone should just stay home so as not to offend the wagon haulers during harvest.

      That probably would not work as the Farmer would not be able to get his combine to work very well without cylinders from the fine people that work at Rosenboom. That wagon hauler might have a hard time finding wagons with no one showing up to work at Demco.
      I could go down the list you started but I will just make my point now. We all need each other to make things work. The farmer is no more or less important than anyone else out on the road going about their business. What people are talking about here is that the farmers also need to keep an eye out and be courteous to the other people out on the roads.

      Here is a few examples of how they could start to improve there reputation…
      (1) Do not pull out in front of someone and cause them to slow down when it is clear behind them for miles.

      (2) When you see a line of vehicles forming behind you pull over at the next opportunity and let them pass.

      (3) If the shoulder is wide enough, Use It! or at least do not hug the center line so it somewhat easier for cars to see if it is safe to pass.

      (4) Take the head off of the combine when going down the road. I know it is a pain, but as you can see by these posts what kind of reputation you have built. Not to mention it is the law.

      Now it might be that these suggestions are not a good idea. If not, someone please enlighten me, but please don’t try saying that your just to busy. A great many of us out on the roads are that busy all of the time.

      • Name? says:

        I only have a problem with 1, and 4….what if they cant see behind the car because of a hill or something, although I agree that they shouldn’t cut in front of someone at anytime….and not all farmers have the money to buy a trailer for the head so they have no choice but to leave it on the combine

        • Old wrestler says:

          1) So they can’t see past the car do to a hill so they will just pull out in front of someone?

          2) If they can afford a $300,000 combine, I am betting they can get the $30,000 head hauler as well. And as it was stated it’s a law to take the head off, so because they can’t afford the head hauler they can break the law?

          • Name? says:

            I obviously said that they shouldn’t pull out in front of anyone at any time, and its pretty sad that you think that every farmer has all kinds of money just laying around

        • Small-time farmer says:

          I only have a problem with the problem you had with 1 and 4. There are exceptions to every rule. I’m glad you pointed out an exception now let’s throw away the rule.
          And if a farmer has enough money for a $75,000 12 row head, he has enough money to buy a trailer for it.

          • Tim says:

            For those that tend to site law, I found this from the IDOT.

            Implements of husbandry
            An implement of husbandry is a vehicle or special mobile equipment designed
            or reconstructed for agricultural purposes and used exclusively in an agricultural
            operation. Implements of husbandry may be self-propelled or towed vehicles.
            Motor trucks, truck-tractors, pickups, farm trailers, and semitrailers are not
            implements of husbandry, except for some self-propelled ag-lime and fertilizer
            spreaders and semitrailers that are reconstructed and used exclusively for
            agricultural purposes. The vehicles on the following list are considered to be
            implements of husbandry. This list should not be considered to exclude other
            vehicles that may also meet the definition.
            • Combines
            • Farm tractors, wheeled or tracked
            • Fertilizer and chemical applicators
            • Fence-line feeders
            • Grain carts
            • Gravity-flow grain wagons
            • Tank wagons
            Maximum speed for implements of husbandry
            All self-propelled implements of husbandry must be operated on public
            highways at speeds 35 mph or less. Failure to operate at 35 mph or less will
            result in the loss of all implement of husbandry exemptions and may lead to
            significant penalties. Towed implements of husbandry are not restricted to 35
            mph, but must be operated safely at or below posted speed limits and must
            comply with any speed ratings or restrictions on the implement tires, if so
            Slow-moving vehicle signs
            Every farm tractor, farm tractor towing equipment, self-propelled implement,
            or special mobile equipment operated on the highway at speeds 35 mph or less
            must be equipped and properly display a reflective slow-moving vehicle sign
            that meets the American Society of Agricultural Engineers standards. The sign
            must be visible to the rear of the implement or combination at all times, day or
            night. When towed implements of husbandry are operated at speeds greater than
            35 mph, the sign must be removed or hidden from view.
            Implements on roadways
            All vehicles operating on public roadways, including implements of husbandry
            regardless of width, must yield one-half of the roadway to other traffic.
            Implement lighting requirements
            At all times between sunset and sunrise when operated on a public highway,
            self-propelled implements of husbandry shall be equipped with at minimum the
            following lighting.
            • One lighted white headlamp visible to the front.
            • One lighted red tail lamp visible to the rear.
            • One lighted amber flashing light visible to the rear.
            At all times between sunset and sunrise when operated on a public highway,
            towed implements of husbandry shall be equipped with at minimum the
            following lighting.
            • One lighted red tail lamp visible to the rear, located at the rear of the
            rearmost towed implement.
            • If the visibility of the lighted amber flashing light on the towing
            implement is obstructed to the rear by the towed implement or cargo, an
            additional lighted amber flashing light located at the rear of the rearmost
            towed implement.
            The required lighting devices must be visible from a distance of 500 feet

          • Name? says:

            Yea i’m sure that if you buy a 75,000 dollar 12 row head you probably have enough money to buy a trailer for it….but thats not who i am talking about, i’m talking about the small time farmers supposedly like yourself who only have like 6 row heads

  13. concerned says:

    Interesting to say the least. Famers, I am sorry to say have alot of advantages that those of the working class do not. Sure you pay taxes on the land but overall it is nothing compared to those that own a business and pay commercial taxes. OR I need to spend X amount so i dont have to pay taxes….new truck, 4 wheeler, maybe another new truck or $400K tractor. Now you have children….I the working class here in town have to pay alot of tuition for college. My personal wealth, house, car, maybe my business all counts against my child going to college. NOw lets say you the ramer own just land. Lets not be greedy and you own 600 acres. Assuming its worth $15000 an acre. $9 MIILION on paper you are worth. But yet you probably had to have some tax decutions and on paper you looked as though you lost money. Therefore the college is maybe paying your kid to come to there school. Now lets talk sales tax. Every time I am in bomgaars they ask for the farm, I say no my house, so I get charged tax. Every think of the money the farmer saved? Anyone go to the spencer fair. $300-$400 hundrend thousand dollars for a tractor that seems commonn place in the fields around here. My house, my net worth isnt even close to the farmers one machine. The combine that was there..maybe alot of options, not sure, $850,000 for a machine. What 20 year old kid can afford $15K / acre land price….oh they cant because somewhere along the line a parent of grandparent had it and things are grand. I own a garden plot thats as good as it gets . Sure the farmerrs spend money here and need a road to get to the coop etc and they have long days but could the farmer spend 60-70 hours working at RMT or pouring conceret all day or roofing or beating the doors trying to sell something…probably not. I myself looked my time card up, since 1st of year I have averaged 73.89 hours a week. Its what I do to make a living, support my family and not have my blood boil of who I am not…a farmer.

    • casey says:

      If farming is so great, come and do it. Nobody is stopping you from getting started.

    • Lee Ann says:

      I know many people that work a day job, and plow or harvest after they work all day. They should quit giving all the ag subsidies to the large corporate farmers and begin to help out the small farmers in our state. My family farm is near Mallard, IA. There used to be 8 farms on their road. Now there is one left. Corporate farms have taken over the entire area. We need to help the small farmers continue their ability to farm.

      I personally do not mind following a tractor on the road. Usually they go down one or two driveways and pull into a field. This IS Iowa, remember.

    • shane says:

      wow, that must have been some machine for 850000!!!! I sure didn’t see that one.

  14. Harriet Oleson says:

    Back in Walnut Grove…. We were always happy when the farmers had a good harvest, and we were always quite sympathetic when things weren’t so good because Oleson’s Mercantile and all of the other local merchants knew how our bread was buttered. As Nels always says “don’t bite the hand that feeds you” – and that is true in more ways than one out here in the rural community. Shame on you people for blasting the farmers.

  15. Retired teacher says:

    To 6th Street…… hey, could it be a possibility that a businessman or any other could “SLIDE” into wealth and power???? Why single out the farmer???? Not fair to make that assumption.. many farmers do not have that luxury.

  16. Biker says:

    I would like know then about luxury of a farmer. Largest group of home buyers at the lakes in the $400-$700thousand dollar range have been sold to area farmers with 250 miles radius of lakes area. Luxury of a farmer….I am town worker…have been all my life….real great friends of ours went camping, mind you in a $80k trailer. Wife took the other truck…$56k Chevy with two new four wheelers. He said there waiting for the crops to change so in the mean time…… Myself I get two n half weeks vacation. Our friends, work the field, plant, spray, watch for bugs, go on vacations, get equipment ready, harvest, do field work, go to warm climate for the winter. Explain that to mean. Our friends farm right at 1000 acres. If farming is so great why don’t I start well…no wealthy parent, no inheritance from parents, my house, bank account is less than what one of two pieces of the farmers machinery cost. $15000 an acre lets say and guys are buying that like no big deal, I finance a car for that amount….$15000 that is for 3 years. S unless you have a father, parent, ect there is no way in today’s market can I or avast majority of us on this site can or could afford land, let alone equipment. In regards to subsidies……I dare everyone to check that out. As an example to the farmer subsidy program and there need for it as they will say I(not to share, highlight, or impose on this business) I bought a few bushes from a nursery here town Saturday. I said thanks. Nice little business here. Didn’t realize they had lawn care etc. he said mowing slowed some this year due to dry weather……got me thinking…later on I visited a store downtown….new streets….the owner said yes sales are down, that drives averages down, and what is lost is lost, you don’t make that back up. I wonder if both owners had insurance for drought stricken yards or ease of shopping….or if a subsidy program through the government bailed them out. If you ppl have time to look at this site…research the Wall Street journal….great articles on the farm bill!

    • casey says:

      You should make better financial decisions. Don’t waste your money. Then maybe you wouldn’t have to be so jealous of other people. Nobody’s fault but your own if you are jealous.

    • Harriet Oleson says:

      In Walnut Grove we understand that the insurance premiums paid by the farmers employ many of our fellow community members as do the service charges paid by grain and livestock sales. Oh did I forget to mention that the overwhelming amount of property taxes paid by ag land owners finances your county services of ALL kinds and the bond issues for your public schools and community colleges comes courtesy due to a majority of farm property. And don’t forget those farmers that live within 200 miles that bought those lake properties also keep Coop Oil, Bomgaars, OBC Implement, Neal Chase, Farmer’s Market, Glen’s Sports Center, Drenkow Motors, Sheldon Livestock Sales, Ag Partners, Morgan Tire, etc., etc. going to keep your townspeople employed. Of course, I have heard this from a cousin down there…. We are just happy that the local folk come into Oleson’s Mercantile up here…

  17. Meets says:

    Jealousy not really. Family is healthy. Kids are doing great. But to tell me to manage my money better well…..I make my money. Church, schools, etc. but to management when I have $200k house. Small mortgage, little of a car payment etc. when a farmer my age, my kids age all seem to be in semi retirement mode, equipment cost and when our son in college rooms with another farmer son and I pay tuition even with loans, scholarships etc but my Ira account, saving, house worth all count against me in course of financial aid, when my sons roommate father farms/owns 1500 acres, rents another 1000 acres and owns 3hog confinement and he climed a loss for the year 2012 (really a loss) but bought over 1 million dollars in equipment, excavator and a small dozer cuz why pay the local guy and I need deductions …..kid goes to school free. What makes a farmer special that they don’t need to pay fuel tax? Sales tax? I know but do any of you farmer on here dare say what subsidies payment you received or have received? public info. Like one mentioned I never thought about…lawn care guy with dry season, the uptown store owners with street scape project, maybe even car dealer right now with all the road construction, are these people subsidies? On that’s right like manage my money better….maybe I should fine a different job so I could get a subsidy payment but wait….I need to work one year to pay for ..oh say 3-4 acres. That will take a lot of years to get a bigger garden plot. Simple people look around town… Who has built majority of homes in sheldon over last few years? Who is always at the coffee shop….there is such a spread between the town folk who don’t know how to manage money and the other country folk that we are all seeing the biggest wealth disturbution in the course of history… Land prices, young kids …I assumed past on from there parents, etc. Read the website. Search the Wall Street journal like mentioned…I did yesterday. Sure 80s may of been hard but seriously if your a farmer, financially you have a responsibility to share the wealth! Ae you better than I or town folk NO. do you have more money YES. You must admit its hard to compare town folks 98% at least to farmers….I dare say one machine now days is worth more than most homes in sheldon. Tell me what don’t I understand or others on this site for that matter that aren’t area farmers.

    • .... says:

      Maybe you should quit complaining and just be grateful for those farmers who put food on your table and many others around the country, yes some farmers have more money, maybe the government has a set price because farmers help feed the country and part of the world, not to mention all the ethanol they help make and that helps lower gas prices…its not their fault that their parents/grandparents/great-grandparents chose that occupation….so quit complaining and be a little more thankful!

    • Tim says:

      I told myself to let this poor ‘jealous’ ‘envious’ person just continue to ramble on, but;
      I am not going to complain or even justify my lifestyle, income, or factors beyond my control (gov’t subsidies) of which as a farmer I am not totally sold on myself. Just so you can put to rest that every farmer out there rakes in your huge subsidy payment of 100k or more, mine was less than 5k.(you are right it is public knowledge look it up) Oh, that remindes me, yes I filled out those forms for my kids college tuition assistance also, guess what I (according to you) the ‘retirement mode’ farmer, the farmer who spends his time at the ‘coffee’ shops, the farmer who according to you has more than any employed person any where, was denied any college assitance for all 4 of my kids. Oh but then you want to spread my wealth around too yet? You think it is my ‘responsibility as a farmer to share my wealth around’?? WOW Right now I do farm, we hold two other full or part time jobs as well. FYI, I can’t remember the last time I went to a ‘coffee’ shop to just BS. Oh, I will trade my most expensive piece of machinery for your 200k house!! My combine is a 1984 model, my tractors are 1979 to 1988. Oh and by the way, when the alarms were going off in one of my livestock buildings at 2:30 am, where were you? As a farmer, believe it or not we are pretty much on call 24/7. thats what I call ‘retirement mode’! Who pays your health insurance premiums, I pay my 10k premium myself, or where does your 401k come from? Mine comes from myself. Am I better off than yourself in any way? I don’t know, I don’t care, it is none of my business to know. I wish the best for you. As a farmer I chose this lifestyle, I am not going to complain it was my choice. but don’t belittle others for their success, if you have never walked in their shoes.
      I apologize to the readers of this op-ed and KIWA for responding to this writers op-ed even tho this whole thing started as a forum to remind everyone to stay safe during the harvest season.
      To everyone, please be safe life is to precious to be careless, lets slow down and respect others, those in the farming industry and those not.

  18. HappyTimes says:

    WOW!!! I know a lot of farmers. Except for a couple of them, they all have common sense, and try to be good upstanding people. Yep, sometimes one of them will feel they really have to get something done, and do something stupid. Those are the exception. I’ve had the opportunity to view the driving of people, I’m not sure if they were farmers or town people, in the Highway 18 area where the construction is going on and I can tell you that I’m sure happy that I’m not one of those workers standing out on the highway trying to make things safe for the traveling public. Yes, there are a number of farmers who have become wealthy because of the fast escalation of land prices, and yes there are some of those that think they are somehow better than the general laborer. However, thankfully, most those farmers are thankful to God and haven’t changed. For the others, I just remember those words about a camel and the eye of a needle. I know a lot of people believe that this is a socialist state. But this is a Republic and everyone has the opportunity to work hard and get ahead. This works for some and others just want someone else to take care of them. All in All, I believe we live in the greatest Country ever. We need to watch who we vote for and make sure that they Believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and we should be able to straighten out this country.

  19. Farmer's Daughter says:


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