Farm Talk

Farm Talk's Top 10

February 23, 2012

The Top Ten signs a farmer knows he’s getting old:

Parsons, Kansas — 10. He’d rather get in the truck and drive to town to get a new bolt than to crawl under the baler to find the one he dropped.

9. When he looks at new tractors, he leans toward the one with the lowest bottom step.

8. The guys on the roundup think he’s being kind to his horse by leading him for a while but he’s actually looking for a tree stump so he can get back on.

7. To heck with performance and carcass EPDs, he aims to raise calves with the disposition of a pet dog.

6. When he gets out of his recliner to go to bed, he’s about six inches shorter than normal for the first 10 steps or so.

5. He’s a little shocked to hear the same words coming out of his mouth that he used to make fun of his father for saying.

4. At the coffee shop, talk has shifted from politics and scandals to cholesterol reducing medications.

3. You could hit the mail box with a rock from the front porch but he prefers to drive the four-wheeler down to get the mail.

2. He spends a lot of time trying to figure out when farming got so blame complicated.

1. Pride is the only thing that keeps him from bringing a pillow with him to the sale barn.

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