I’m all about giving credit where credit is due. On the farm, there are so many entities that are major attributes to the daily operations on the farm that we often overlook. We tend to forget just how important these things are and forget to realize how just how valuable they are. One of these entities is none other than that good ole’ farm truck.
Earlier this summer, a good friend of mine (shoutout to Miss Madison Hynek!) suggested that I write a blog about farm trucks and common objects that are often found in them. This got me to thinking about farm trucks and just how much we rely on them to get farm work done.
I then traveled down memory lane and thought about the farm trucks from my past and the ones that are still in my family today. These trucks really are valuable, though some may not realize it, and are usually a part of many farmers’ greatest memories and stories.
So, some of you may be smiling by now thinking about the farm truck in your life. Others may be thinking, “What the heck is so important about these things?” Well, let me break it down for you.
Farm trucks carry a lot of responsibilities.
- Trucks are what farmers, in many cases, use to get feed and hay to their livestock. So much time is spent in trucks driving through fields feeding hay, driving buckets of grain to the feed bunks, I could go on and on.
- They give us a mode of transportation to check our livestock: checking cows during calving season; doing the daily herd checks to make sure herd health is sufficient; allowing us to check fences, etc.
- Trucks give us a place to run to when that mad momma cow comes running or the bull decides to come a chargin’. (Yes, go ahead and smile because if you are a cattle farmer, chances are you have been in a similar situation.)
- On those freezing cold nights when that cow decides to calve and the calf is left in the elements, what do a lot of farmers do? They turn the heater in the truck up and put the calf in the cab to warm it up, of course.
- In addition, farm trucks pull a trailer to the stockyards. They take that load of horses to the field where cattle need to be worked. They pull those trailers full of freshly baled hay through hay fields. They are what are used to go cut wood. They are what are used to take those occasional trips to the pond to fish. They are what are taken when hunting adventures take place on the farm. They do so much for farmers on so many different scales.
Farm trucks are a farmer’s portable storage unit.
- Let’s face it. When you get in a farm truck, there is usually common objects that can be found in the cab and in the bed.
- At least one gun or other similar weapon.
- Halter, ropes or other restraining devices.
- Baling twine and/or net wrap.
- Syringes, needles and some sort of meds.
- Manure and mud.
- Empty cans and bottles of all kinds.
- Empty feed sacks.
- Receipts from the feed store, vet’s office, gas station, hardware store, tractor dealership, etc.
- Hay, hay and more hay.
- A place that is distinguished specifically for the dog.
- And many, many more!
From scratches to broken mirrors, many farm trucks contain their own unique “battle scars.”
- Numerous scratches as a result of the following; driving through brush, trying to get out of the bed of the truck and forgetting about the spurs, unloading hay that is a little stemmy and getting a bale a little to close to the side of the truck, getting a little too close to a fence or building that “magically appeared,” and the list can go on and on.
- In many cases, farm trucks will usually have a dent in the bumper from backing too close to a loading dock, pulling a trailer and cutting it a little too sharp or backing into something. Plus, many times tailgates are bent or non-existent due to an accident involving hooking up a trailer. Oops.
- It is a common sight to see mud and/or manure caked on these trucks – especially by the tires from driving in fields, through mud, etc. (Plus, we tend to get stuck…a lot)
- Farm trucks contain at least one bumper sticker or window sticker of the following: favorite radio station, favorite tractor brand, farm name and more.
- Each farm truck has their own unique, let’s say, personality. They may be missing a headlight, missing a mirror, have some dents, make funny/loud noises, and have different colors of paint. To me, this is one of the coolest things about these trucks because in most cases, each blemish has a pretty darn good story that goes with it. It definitely makes you think, “Oh, if trucks could talk…”
Farm trucks: where memories are made and lessons are learned.
- It is the vehicle that most farm kids learn to drive first. I’ll admit, I was first driving my family’s truck in the hay field way before the legal driving age, which is something that I will never forget. Also, it is usually the farm truck that is used when someone first learns to drive a trailer, which is a very important lesson to learn.
- It is a place where some of the most influential conversations of your life take place. Whether it is checking cows or hauling hay, farm trucks are perfect places to talk with those you are closest to.
- Okay, time to get a little sappy. Some of the best country dates usually take place on the farm riding around in the truck doing chores. It’s the truth, and I’m sure a lot of you can back me up on this one.
- Most importantly, farm trucks are proof that one does not necessarily need to drive a brand new, flashy, fancy ride to get the job done. As long as they run and get from point A to point B, they are worth more than what meets the eye. The farm trucks purpose is to serve the farm, no matter what. Granted, some farm trucks are newer than others. However, the bottom line is their purpose and attribution to the farm they call home.
As you can see, farm trucks truly are important. I could not even imagine how my family would have ran our dairy farm without our old farm truck. (An ’85 Ford that still runs today!) They do so much for farmers all over the world. They are involved in so many of our greatest memories. Yes, they can cause us headaches sometimes; however, in the long run, they do hold special places in farmers’ lives. Plus, each farmer has that one truck that a) they refuse to get rid of and/or b) will never forget. From memories to work, trucks fulfill a purpose on the farm that cannot be denied or forgot about.
So, what about the farm truck(s) in your life? What story does your farm truck tell?
I hope this has been an enjoyable post to read, as well as an eye-opener to the importance of farm trucks. As always, I hope this has allowed you to crack a smile or two.
Until next time, keep driving that ole’ farm truck with pride. Remember, there really is, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck, In a Farmer’s Field…” ;)
And as always, God bless you all!