Ten Signs You Grew Up On A Farm



You know you grew up on a Farm when:

1. You give directions not by streets, but by fields and land marks.

2. You were driving Tractors before your feet could hit the pedals.

3. Your homepage on your computer is the weather channel and everyone knows to be quiet when the weather comes on the evening news.

4. Forget ladders, you’ve got loaders and tractors to clean those gutters, trim trees and hang decorations.

5. You plan events around planting and harvesting. A wedding during plant – fuhget about it!

6. Automatic transmission, no thanks! You were driving stick by the 3rd grade!

7. You can fix anything with some elbow grease and bailing wire.

8. A lot of your wardrobe came from your family’s seed or feed dealer.

9. You learned quickly where your loyalty would be – Green or Red?

10. You know where your food comes from, after all, you raised it and grew it!

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402 thoughts on “Ten Signs You Grew Up On A Farm

  1. Constance Wright says:

    Hay? Square bales? Round bales? I remember the square bales! Oops telling my age now! LOL!

  2. Stay in the ruts on a muddy dirt road.

  3. You don’t measure distance in blocks or miles, its up the road a ways or just down the road.

    • Steve Chesnut says:

      I you grew up on a Kansas farm, you measure distance in miles; there is a road every mile…exactly on mile!

    • Derek Sheppard, Nambour, Queensland, AUS says:

      To drive anywhere, we spoke about the time it usually takes to get there, not the distance in miles/kilometres.

  4. victoria says:

    U buy a truck n make it look cool but jacking it up puttin a stright pipe n lights but its still fuctunal to haul stuff

  5. walking behind a disc in the field, and picking up rocks. was a EVERY day thing! (as soon as you could walk)

  6. slopping a Hog, and cleaning a stall wasn’t a before school chore.. you weren’t raised on a farm

    • Brenda says:

      You got it Brenda! After schoolthere were chores before supper. Ate then done dishes and homework. No time for trouble–unless you didn’t do your chores right.

  7. Leroy Schafer says:

    You don’t play with your food at the table, because you did that before it got there.

  8. Arianne says:

    you say goin’ down to the ‘crick’ vs creek.

  9. Jenn says:

    You walk in the cow pastures barefoot because it is easier to spray your feet clean than you shoes..

  10. Sharla says:

    You didn’t have to go to the gym for a work out or a (fake) tan.

  11. Melissa Smathers-Barnes says:

    Bicycling on the cow paths.

  12. you know how to “work” for a living!

  13. Terry Hein says:

    You grew your entire Thanksgiving dinner

  14. You know what peas and carrots , lettuce and tomatoes taste like, not that stuff out of a can or fresh frozen in California or been in a truck for a week !!!! cm

    • Kari Farnell says:

      And peaches. Can’t stand store-bought, or canned peaches.

    • Brian Smith says:

      I got to comment on this one lol. It made me laugh. Not that stuff out of a can or frozen or in a truck a week lol, We canned all that stuff ourselves, and filled a freezer, and stored stuff in boxes in cold dark rooms, and ate it all winter long. So this one made me go, nope, we ate canned and frozen and truckin sittin food lol

      • Brenda says:

        Maybe the fresh home grown tastes a lot better. Fresh frozen,canned tastes better during the winter. You appericate it a lot more. In the long run it is cheaper.

  15. Sandy says:

    You know you are a farmer when you can predict the weather better than any weatherman.

  16. Brenda Dougherty says:

    U measure the cost of something by how many bushels of corn or beans or by how many heads if hogs u had to sell and ect….

  17. you can fix anything with elbow grease, haywire & duct tape!

  18. Tracy Wildet says:

    Milking cows & goats. Gathering eggs with feisty hens!

  19. Sheila says:

    You know what “workin till dark-thirty” means.

  20. Larry says:

    You have more of an assortment work boots than dress shoes

  21. Scott says:

    Farmers have there own kind of sign language that no one other than the immediate family can figure out

    • Katie says:

      And when they’re backing up with a trailer, they still might not know what you mean! My dad does that all the time!

  22. susan smart says:

    You know what spreading sunshine means. And it’s not the kind where your making people Happy.

  23. Cathy from Illinois says:

    Pulling the weeds in the soybean field so your dad had the cleanest looking field!!

  24. You knew who your neighbors were and allowed your kids to go up the hill to play with them.Or you cut through the woods to go to a friend house. No one or nothing to be scared about !!

  25. Floyd Patterson says:

    …you know that mountain oysters DO NOT come from the ocean.

  26. Lynne Foresman says:

    You didn’t close school unless it was “Really Snowing AND Blowing”!!

  27. Heidi says:

    Red and green aren’t the ONLY colors! We like BLUE tractors best!

    • Katelyn says:

      heck yea !! raised with those blue tractors ! my dad even suped up our old tractor we used for bailing hay and made it a pulling tractor and used the new one too …

  28. Sherrye Winnett says:

    Everyone that lives within 3 miles of your home are your neighbors.

  29. Jasmin says:

    You’ve had to connect irrigation pipes or move sprinklers

  30. grace says:

    Never wear shoes to go wading in the crick…

  31. Mary says:

    Your swimming pool was the creek, or the watering hole. Your nearest friend was a bike ride away.

  32. Mike Wheeler says:


    You don’t drive to Marion or Findlay because you hate the big cities…..
    You think curly fries were invented at the DAIRY SNACK…..
    Your life changed dramatically when McDonald’s came to Upper….
    You understand that when you spell “SCUTCH”, it starts with an “M’….
    You can tell the difference in the smell of hog, cattle, and chicken manure…
    You’ve driven a piece of farm machinery to school…..
    You knew the back way to Finger’s Corners….
    You refer to 293, 294, and 182 as major routes…..
    You live in a zip code with a grain elevator but no human elevators….
    The roads you are used to are one lane and not one way…..
    You’ve heard a friend’s birthday announced on the radio…
    You reflect back and thank God that Kirby never had parking meters…
    Your kids said ”John Deere” before they said “GRANDMA”…..
    You’ve ever hung out at a gas station….
    You think that is an obvious oversight that the FIRST DAY OF DEER SEASON is not on the calendar….
    The word “GRAIN” is on at least one of your refrigerator magnets….
    You drive through Burger King and then check out the implement lots for your romantic night out….
    You know the difference between a bull, a steer, a cow, and a heifer….
    You dial the wrong number and still know who you have reached….
    You know what is supposed to be knee high by the Fourth of July…
    You can give directions to at least one covered bridge……
    You’ve taken a day off school to farm…..
    You know that the four seasons are Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Road Construction….
    You consider ARBY’S to be formal dining….
    You know the difference between Oliver green and John Deere green…
    The local paper is twice as thick on the days they print the FARMERS COLUMN….
    Your neighbor shares his garden with you…
    You consider baling wire and duct tape to be permanent repair….
    You seek out the free stuff at the Wyandot County Fair…..
    You have no problem placing “hog trough” and “wedding” in the same sentence…..
    You know which dogs ride in pickup trucks…
    You know if your neighbor kid is on the “Honor Roll”……..
    You wear specific hats to farm sales, ball games and vacations….
    Your neighbors ask you to “WATCH THE PLACE” while they are away…
    You’ve never thrown away a 5 gallon bucket…..
    You can remember crop yields, but not anniversaries….
    You’ve driven off the road while examining a neighbor’s crops….
    You’ve buried a dog and cried like a baby……..
    You’ve ever used a tractor and loader as scaffolding…..
    You’ve used something other than toilet paper as toilet paper…..
    You refer to farms by who owned them more than 50 years ago….
    Over half of your outer garments came from implement, feed, or seed dealers….
    Family weddings and special events are planned around spring planting and fall harvest…
    Your family instantly becomes silent when the weather comes on…
    You can eat an ear of sweet corn in 30 seconds with no utensils…..
    You know which schools were the BOBCATS and DRAGONS….
    It takes you thirty seconds to drive to your destination, and it’s clear across town…..
    True love means you can drive his pickup truck….
    You have a family picture with a tractor in it….
    You know that cow pies aren’t made of beef………
    Your morning prayers cover rain, tractors, and pigs….
    You still miss the way Paul Harvey said, “GOOOOD DAY”…

  33. Lorna Carmean says:

    Where would we be without the Farmer,
    god bless him?

  34. Jo Lovins says:

    Your not a farmer if you haven’t been in the barn when the baby pigs were casterated. And then for lunch there was a bunch of mountain oysters.

    Also, when you gather your own eggs you have to make sure you crack your eggs into a separate container than the one you are using because you might find a baby chick in the egg. And that’s not what the recipe called for.

  35. CRA says:

    when you can tell how soon winter is coming and how dry the summer will be by looking at the orange and black fuzzy-wuzzies

  36. One sign you grew up on a farm? When you’ve probably ate as many meals off the tail gate of a pickup truck as you have at the dinner table. 🙂

  37. J.A. Weaver says:

    You know when the only day for a wedding is on Sunday-after the morning chores and church, and before evening chores!!!!

    You know when you have a passel of cats to keep down the mouse population!

    You know when you have no trouble finding an old work boot to plant hens and chicks in!

    You know when a homemade gift is always the best.

    You know when your hands are rough and calloused but they can do so many gentle things too!

    You know when your family and neighbors pull together to help someone in need.

    You know when you never miss a sunrise or a sunset because you’re out in it!

    You know when you make your own fun-hayrides, cleaning a newborn calf, finding that new bunch of baby kittens, riding in your wagon, playing in the haymow.

  38. J.A. Weaver says:

    Acreage is always referred to as the first person in memory who owned the land! We used to live on the old Hougendobler place. The old barn that we lost in a tornado was dated 1888. I wonder how many years it will be before the folks in the area call it the Weaver place?

  39. Donald Waugh says:

    There are no days off everyday some thing needed to be done.

  40. Kim leemasters says:

    Yea, if having an awesome day included winning the cow pie throwing contest with your brothers, sisters, or your kids, you know your from the farm!!!

  41. Carol says:

    You know your a farmer when you don’t mind getting up to milk the cows.

  42. Phil Reid says:

    You keep a salt shaker hidden in the garden to enjoy a fresh picked tomato before coming back to the house now and then

  43. you cherish the sun rise and sunsets…….and know you have put in a full days work…..

  44. Rosie Howell says:

    you know you grew up on a farm when during a thunderstorm you wonder how many farmers fences will get wiped out by flooding “cricks”. And how many of his cows he will have to go from neighbor to neighbor to find after said thunderstorm!

  45. Gary Olson says:

    This is the one i still live with but I also still live on a farm. haha “When you go pass a farm you can’t smell the cow poop when everyone else can.”

  46. kristiecoble says:

    Your bacon & sausage didn’t come from the grocery store!

  47. Jennie says:

    You could run barefoot across rocks at the speed of light.

  48. Karen says:

    You took dinner (Noon meal) out to the field, because they couldn’t take the time to come in the house and eat. Also, you had to listen to the farm report and write down the prices.

  49. Kim says:

    You have “barn scent” permeated into your skin so even after showering, you don’t know it, but the smell is still there. Especially raising hogs!

  50. Marsha Dance says:

    Suppertime is AFTER the sun goes down, sometimes way down.

  51. Keith & Aubrianna says:

    The fresh farm smells during all seasons of the year. GOD’s wondrous seasonal landscapes. Teasing each other about the color of the tractors you drive. The brand of farm equipment and seed company you are very much loyal to with the caps, shirts and jackets you were.

  52. Diane says:

    your “next door neighbor” might be a mile away!

  53. tatieblues says:

    you’re working in the field for hours in the heat and you see your sister coming with a gallon of fresh lemonade and cookies

  54. becky steele says:

    You learned to drive a team of horses before you got a tracter.You milked the cows (by hand) before and after school!

  55. David B says:

    You hear people in the city its cold stay inside, I say its winter get over it,
    The roads not streets dirt or not, you walk the fields, so cold you can not start
    anything you go the barn and feed the cattle straw!!!!!!
    And you can not blame the other shift if things did not get done you have to do things of the day and what you did not do the day before.
    The rain comes in trees turning and you can watch the cattle they put there butts into the rain west, east, south and yes the north

  56. When your basement is used for nursing week/sick livestock back to health.

  57. your driveway was a mile long dirt road and u took baths in the rain barrels

  58. Mary Cowett says:

    The Farmers Almanac was checked before planting, cutting you hair, etc…

  59. Duane Winningham says:

    Wasp, bee and other critters stings weren’t waiting for store-bought medicine……..Granny’s or Grandpaw’s chewing tobacco or snuff made the best poultice for drawing out the sting.

  60. Ken says:

    Riding in the weight box on a oneway plow to shoot rabbits to feed the dogs.

  61. Kent Jensby says:

    There is no such thing as a closed road due to weather, lock it in four wheel drive or get the tractor.

  62. Staci says:

    You have been covered in cow poop or pee at one time in your life.

  63. dIXIE bRITT says:


  64. C.L.Bower says:

    round here we knew it wern’t gonna rain for three dys cause old

    Orville cut his hay

  65. Mary taylor says:

    You learn to. Serve God ,your country,appreciate nature respect for Those less fortunate , and how to feed the world.

  66. Don’t walk behind the milk cows when they decide to pee, on a windy day.

  67. Mary reddick says:

    You watched new life being born or helped them get here

  68. Rose Boller says:

    The smell of a freshly turned field:)

  69. Paul Schork says:

    You know how to pitch hay.

  70. Karen Kreider says:

    You know where the milk came from, cause you milked the cow it came from…..it doesn’t come from the jug in the cooler at the store…. if you don’t know that then you didn’t grow up on the farm.

  71. Damian Mason says:

    Hey farm people, I have an entire book about this very subject titled “Farm Camp.” 212 things you know if you were raised rural. Check it out at http://www.damianmason.com

  72. Joyce Steele says:

    You shut the gates securly !

  73. Gloria Moulton says:

    Raw milk tastes way better then the watered down stuff that you buy in the store & MUCH healthier for you too. about 36˚ is the best.

  74. Nicole says:

    You couldn’t have one of those cool scooters when they came out because you only had dirt or gravel to ride in. Baby strollers had to have big wheels. You got your monthly “allowance depending on how many syphon tubes you set. You had a 4h project to get you to college not mommy and daddys money. You had a water trough for a swimming pool and a tractor tire tube for a trampoline.

  75. patti herndon says:

    you could milk a cow and churn butter by the time you turn 9

  76. Ann says:

    Cows and horses always eat before anyone else. Walk behind corn planters making sure they drop seeds.

  77. Thomas Flanigan says:

    Not only do you know where North, South, East, and West are at any given time, but you use them in everyday conversation

  78. Pam says:

    Can I find out who these children are or where they are from? They look exactly like 2 of my boys, It has me stumped!

  79. Lisa says:

    You understand getting up and going to bed with the chickens.

  80. you can also fix things with duct tape and/or WD-40.

  81. Marian Kirk says:

    When I lived in Maryland near Washington DC, I was picking strawberries in a U-Pick field. The owner came by and asked me… “You lived on a farm didn’t you?” “Yes, how did you know?” He said, “Look behind you. You have been pulling weeds as you go along the row. Only a farm person will do that.”

  82. Karen says:

    A farm kid would know that it’s baling wire, not bailing wire.

  83. Sue Allen says:

    sleeping in meant sleeping till 6am

  84. Emily says:

    Dinner is the noon meal – NOT Lunch
    Supper is the evening meal – NOT Dinner

  85. bj says:

    Red or green? Everyone knows BLUE is BEST!

  86. suzanne rea says:

    You know why people detassle corn, and have had that job as a young teenager :).

  87. Suzinjean says:

    You didn’t see Dad till chores were done, no matter what!

  88. Crist Siebenaler says:

    Everyone within 5 miles is considered your neighbor. Picking rock. Pulling weeds when the beans are over your head. Your driveway was longer than a football field.

  89. cher says:

    As a child you made “birthday cakes” out of cow pies by sticking little sticks in them for “candles”.

  90. Bill Badgett says:

    My loyalty was never with red or green…it was always blue!

  91. Rachel Freeman says:

    You walked beans or rode beans for $5 and hour…and got an awesome tan!

  92. iowa2arizona says:

    You walked beans or rode beans for $5 and hour…an got an awesome tan!

  93. Victoria says:

    You can milk anything by hand.

  94. ginny werkmeister says:

    Your Dad was usually around to help you fix or start the lawnmower when it was your turn to mow.

  95. Patty Buck says:

    When your husband doesn’t like to drive your pick up truck because it has a PINK Case IH plate on the front!

  96. Kim says:

    You learn to dribble a basketball on gravel n do it well, cause that’s all you have!

  97. Daylight saving time doesn’t mean a thing when you get up before the sun and work till its to dark to see.

  98. Courtney says:

    Yonder is a physical distance and if a storm was coming, you made sure equipment was inside and the springer heifers were somewhere dry.

  99. LYNETTE says:


  100. Pat Hahn says:

    You never heard of an “8 hour workday”

  101. andy gates says:

    Your not afraid to grab a sandwich and eat it on the go after you just got done handling cow crap.

  102. larry says:

    Bailing wire used it to fix everything! Always had some too in the truck!

  103. Cara says:

    You know you grew up on a farm when you earned your 25 cent allowance by picking up rocks in the field or sticks in the orchard.

  104. Tonya Ward says:

    U know the true meaning of a Hoe………and how to hill up around a Plant………and scrape out weeds!! so Glad We live on a Farm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  105. Terry Booth says:

    You know what an “idiot stick” is, and you know how to use it.

  106. Mike Dobrinski says:

    Running in the plowed field to get legs stronger for football and riding the drill to sow the wheat completely out without skips

  107. Martina says:

    Sucking on wheat to make it soft enough to chew and make wheat gum while combining/trucking wheat. Natural gum no sugar for cavities

  108. Gary Walden says:

    Getting up at 4 to be in the field by five and on agood day maybe back to the house by 9 that evening. Eating your lunch on the tail gate of a pickup.

  109. You know you were raised on a farm when your momma told you that if you were going to start dating that you had to start wearing shoes!

  110. CLAY MCMULLEN says:


  111. Dot Livermore says:

    Most kids learnt to drive in a paddock basher

  112. You don’t get eggs in a restaurant because they don’t look, smell, or taste “right”.

  113. Gene says:

    Your favorite smell is freshly plowed ground

  114. jlg says:

    After baling or work you jump in the creek with a bar of soap! When baling you jump off the baler and pray for rain so you could go swimming and the “old man” would really get upset! KYPD cul jlg

  115. Jen madsen says:

    Maybe farmers daughter if every fall u have dinner with dad in the field on his tailgate with no silverware

  116. elie says:

    Swimming in the pond in the summer after a hot morning in the bean field and ice skating on that same pond in the winter!!

  117. Angie says:

    Angie Hagen: You helped your family or neighbor without expecting to get paid.

  118. Sherri Paul says:

    When coming from the field – hot, muddy and dirty, we would stop at the deep well where very cold water flowed up from underground. All that cold, crystal clear water flowing in the ditch persuaded us to stop and jump in. It was so cold and refreshing on a hot summer day, plus the fast flow of water washed most of the dirt and mud off of us so when we actually took our showers, we might really get clean! This is a great post and I related to every one of your entries! 🙂

  119. Judy Smith says:

    Can’t walk past a nail on the ground without picking it up.

  120. Diane says:

    Your forgot yellow tractors! CASE brand was “our” tractor of choice.

  121. Michelle says:

    You know you grew up on a farm when silage smells good!

  122. Well i remember walking the length of the sprayer boom on the water truck with my lil’ radio on my shoulder & turning to watch for the truck n sprayer to come back again for 8 hours a day. Those were the days when i sported a GREAT tan. I never see the Sun anymore. LOL :0)

  123. Paul Keller says:

    You have 8 hours of work in by noon and still work til dark or later!!

  124. Marsha Scott says:

    Chores before homework

  125. Lora says:

    You know the difference between a bull and a heffer.
    You know what a hoe is really used for.

  126. Lora says:

    you know what early to rise and early to bed means

  127. John Lee says:

    Your thankful for Sunday school… its the only day dad would allow you to relax.

  128. Marilyn says:

    Your shoes came off the first warm day, usually some time in May(school was likely out for the summer) only to be put on for special occasions, like Church.

  129. Sarah Peter says:

    You had meat, potatoes and veggies for every lunch meal. All home made meals and eating out was a very special treat!!!!

  130. Cheryl says:

    A holiday . . . . what’s a holiday?

  131. Kevin Ward says:

    It’s a pickup not a truck. Trucks have 6, 10, or 18 wheels…

  132. Gary Fowler says:

    we went swimming in the creek
    we watched the clouds often

  133. Ladean Janel says:

    You use a freshening chart to calculate your due date and your closer than any doctor.
    You know all the tricks and tips for blue cote and bag balm.
    You know what 4H is and FFA.
    Your joints predict the weather.
    #9….ya better add blue to that list!

  134. Gary Fowler says:

    the fruit of our labor tasted really good

  135. Sandy Daniel says:

    Also farmers are jack of all trades. They can deliver calves or kittens, too fixing electricitty and broken hearts.

  136. Lynda says:

    A rooster crowing at 5:00 AM music to your ears. You love the smell of freshly plowed dirt and newly baled hay. You know a weather front is coming based on how the farm animals act. You know how to milk a cow and can squirt milk into the barn cat’s mouth. You do not run screaming if you happen upon a black snake in the oat hay. Duct tape and mailer twine can fix most anything. The animals eat before you do.

  137. lori says:

    picnic was getting out of the tractor and sitting on the ground to eat your lunch

  138. When you can’t go for a drive without checking out the fields and commenting on how clean or dirty they look in regards to the weeds.

  139. The smell of hay and mud is romantic to you…

  140. Tammy Romine says:

    You don’t eat until after the animals are all fed!

  141. Ashley says:

    You know you were raised on a farm when the only way you could learn fractions is by off the calf bottles…well I did anyway.

  142. Jen says:

    Can’t drive by a field with out turkey necken.

  143. Meg says:

    You can identify all kinds of livestock poop, and you always take your shoes off before you come into the house.

  144. Azure James says:

    Red. Massey, Case, IH.

  145. Andrew says:

    When you can smell the rain coming.

  146. Judy says:

    You were involved with 4-H,FFA and lived at the local fair the whole week.

  147. Judy says:

    You walked to the jailhouse to get a gallon of fresh milk.

  148. Judy says:

    You walked to the milkhouse to get a gallon fresh milk.

  149. you killed and cleaned your own chicken for sunday dinner’, and fried it in real butter you churned yourself..

  150. Mark Diehl says:

    you believe in climate change, because you were standing outside when it changed. You also know globle warming is as pure as the hay you fed your bull yesterday.

  151. Derek Sheppard, Nambour, Queensland, AUS says:

    You always have fencing wire around – you can use it to repair or mend most things.

  152. Derek Sheppard, Nambour, Queensland, AUS says:

    You know not to waste anything, because everything has a purpose, if not now, but sometime in the future.

  153. kathy poole says:

    You sit like you’re fixing to milk the cow! Your right arm and shoulder hang lower from carrying the milk to the house!

  154. Ernie Taylor says:

    Just one time you peed on an electric fence.

  155. I grew up on a farm “walking beans” that’s chopping weeds by hand to earn money to go showing at the county and Iowa State Fair.

  156. Kathy Cooper says:

    Was I born in a barn . . NO but I delivered a lot of barn animals in the barn

  157. Amanda says:

    you don’t need an alarm to get you up in the morning.

  158. Tony says:

    Tractor colors should include Blue, Silver and Orange. My family is Blue blooded. Not everyone is farmall or deere.

    As a kid it was both street names and landmarks. You knew every back road in the county too.

    Football practices was a warm up for casterating time.

    Most farm kids knew how to hunt and fish.

  159. Ron Kessler says:

    After a long day of hay baling, you got to bathe in the pond.

  160. Ron Gibson says:

    You also give directions using actual directions (North, South, East, West).

  161. Chuck Sandoz says:

    Fence pliers are a part of every tool box

  162. Ranchhandgal says:

    You wave to people you meet on the roads close to the farm, and you shake your jug of milk out of habit, even if it came from the store.

  163. Peter Harrell says:

    If its working, don’t fix it/.

  164. Peter Harrell says:

    You were lucky to have bales. I made loose hay with pitch forks and a team of Clydesdales. Now that shows my age.

  165. Lana Smith says:

    Every morning at breakfast was the farm report. County Fair 4H barns and buildings were the epitome of a youth’s life – prize winning animal or crop of food entry. Catching lighting bugs in a jar. Knowing a storm is coming by the shape and color of clouds and the sky.

  166. Terry says:

    Your parents locked the door and laughed when you got sprayed by a skunk gathering eggs

  167. helen says:

    .A TRUCK has a minimum of 9 gears and 18 wheels. It can be hooked up to a grain trailer, a bull wagon or a tanker. Depending on where you live, you have to get a CDL when you are 18 or19, of course you have been driving it since you were 10 yrs old. A truck may or may not have a sleeper, but it usually has a CB, even in the world of cell phones. It is generally not the vehicle you would run to town in cuz you have to find a side street to park on, and it just too big.
    A PICKUP may be a 4×4, and it may have a maximum of 6 tires. You have to be 14 to get a farm license, 15 to get a learning permit, and at 16, after you have taken instructions from a drivers ed teacher, you can get a regular license to drive the pickup you have been driving since you were 7. A pickup can be hooked to stock trailers, flatbed trailers loaded with seed & chemicals during planting time, or a gas trailer. The bed of the pickup is loaded with every tool you can find, an air compressor, a grease gun, a couple of fence posts, several shovels and a couple of chains, a red plastic 5 gal can of gas, and 2-1 gal Clorox jugs, one with motor oil one, with gear oil, and a blue cooler filled with beer, pop and ice. Behind the seat is a shot gun hidden under the seat (incase Mom needs a ride) is a playboy, in the glove box is a Bible. On Sat night, about half of the stuff is pulled out, you get dressed up and go to town, run it through the car wash, and pick up your date.
    A Truck is not a pickup and a PICKUP IS NOT A TRUCK!

  168. Red all the way! Was taught to drive a stick by throwing me the keys and saying “dont hit anything”

  169. bonnie says:

    you know your a farmer when you retire and you miss chores!

  170. CaseyGreen says:

    You dont have a garage beside your house you have a shop.

  171. CaseyGreen says:

    You dont wait for the county road department to plow your roads you get out hook up and do it yourself .

  172. Glen says:

    You know that you can accomplish anything,you just have to work hard for it!

  173. Your favorite fragrance is fresh air and cow manure.

  174. Kurt Wohlk says:

    When Dad yells “cows are out!!!!!!” Or you get up at 2 a.m. to go check a cow that’s freshening. Or you know you grew up on a farm, especially a dairy farm, when your joints are shot by age 40-45.

  175. Cowmom says:

    Cowmom says
    You don’t eat your dinner until ALL your animals are fed no matter how late it is!

  176. CARL says:

    when the harvester motor had a mag, not a alternator

  177. Betty Haag says:

    You know how to work hard and you learn responsibility. If it is planting or combining season, you are not about to get to go to the ballgame or a birthday party because no one has time to stop and take you!

  178. Rachel says:

    $200,000 for a combine is an obvious yes but $3,000 for a truck is an obscene amount of money

  179. Marietta Kellum says:

    You were bored with dissecting a frog in biology class because you’ve been helping clean and gut chickens since you were 10.

  180. Steve Hadwiger says:

    All your vehicles are brown (or red if ya live in Oklahoma) because of the dirt roads.

  181. Clay says:

    You know the difference between a truck and a pickup!!!

  182. Mike says:

    You don’t need to explain yourself.

  183. Melanie says:

    Duck means through yourself between rows of sugarbeet so someone can shoot the pheasant flying over your head.

  184. You knew the light and dark of the Moon and what quarter it was in.

  185. Brenda says:

    You get up before the sun and go to bed long after it sets.

  186. Jan Holman says:

    Feed sacks were used for dish towels not clothing.

  187. when you can remember that when you went outside after dark in the winter, you knew why you were there.

  188. Charlinda Folkers says:

    You know that cream is part of the milk and you skimmed it off the top in the jar to make fresh butter!

  189. Terry Boyles says:

    You still think a vacation is the week at the state fair.

  190. Tom. Fox says:

    The smell of hay and silage that you never forget

  191. karinn says:

    You can tell you grew up on a farm when you treat the earth and animals on it with kindness and respect….also you tend to respect your elders more than no farm raised kids 🙂

  192. Betty Bruchal says:

    You give directions by miles and compass points, i.e., Come over to visit sometime — 2 mi. east, 1 mi. north — red barn, white house, you can’t miss it!

  193. shanyns says:

    You know what a 5 gallon pail and a roll of toilet paper means.
    If you’ve ever picked chaff, hay or straw out of a meal.
    If picnics happen on tailgates not in parks.
    If you have ever fallen asleep riding in the tractor.
    (for the guys) if you’ve ever peed off a tailgate.
    If you’ve checked crops while riding the bus.
    If you’ve ever tested a salt or mineral block.
    If your cows and horses were your first friends.

  194. I’ll never forget the HORROR on my little sister’s faces when, after asking what we were eating for supper one night, and my Dad told them we were eating Brandy, one of their favorite cows! OMG-so sad NOW 😥

  195. Ryan Eidson says:

    Funny how the weather report is so “sacred” even though we knew how often it was incorrect.

  196. derrick says:

    when you go to walmart and cant park up close so you drive to the back and say well were parking in the back 40

  197. Lisa says:

    You are sick and you are still out in the barn at 5am milking the cows.

  198. pat says:

    You know you’re a farmer when “an all nighter” means you were up all night with a sick animal or helping an animal with a difficult birth!

  199. RB says:

    U know your a farmer when, u understand MUD is an acronym for manure,urine, & dirt.
    U don’t let farm dogs lick your face ’cause u know what they been eatin’.
    U been working 2 hours before most rise for the day, 7 days a week.
    Hmm, guess I quit now, Thanks!

  200. Ashley says:

    you have rice growing in your floor board 🙂 from checking all the wells and spills

  201. Doreen says:

    You fix everything with ducktape from your boots to your briefcase.

  202. You can carry a bale of alfalfa on your back up a hill and have learned that a lighter works just as well as scissors to open it by burning the twine.

  203. Pat Howard says:

    Weed and top onions started this work at the age of four

  204. Brenda says:

    you rode the steers because you couldn’t get a bike

  205. Donna says:

    rolling the square bales after the rain so they would dry and not rot the strings…

  206. Angela says:

    The hot coffee and iced tea were always ready for when the neighbors dropped in. The one finger wave when you passed someone on the road. You always had a full view of the sunrises, sunsets, full moons and all the clearness of the starry universe.

  207. Kathryn Mizuno says:

    I’m guessing that this was written by a male who was raised on a pretty big farm. I am a female who was raised on a small family farm. The boys in my family were taught to drive the tractor, not the girls — until my youngest sister ended up being the only one left to drive. We used ladders. We had none of that gutter cleaning equipment.
    I am also noticing that most of us who are commenting here are women! We are farmers too!

  208. Joe Busby says:

    You love the smell of fresh plowed ground and you don’t need a psychiatrist because you have livestock and a tractor

  209. Roger Bednar says:

    parents and the kids come out from mpls @ st. paul and the kids wanted store milk, not the milk from the barn cows

  210. Sarah says:

    Got mud on your hands? That’s nice. Want animal shit all over your pants?
    Also, you look at jeans with holes in them selling for $40 and think about selling your barn jeans.

  211. Sarah says:

    Reblogged this on Write what you know and commented:
    You consider selling your old barn jeans for $20. Why not? People are buying new jeans with holes in them for $40.

  212. Bob Hanna says:

    The hay mow wasn’t just for stackin’ bales!!!!

  213. Diane says:

    when a big highlight of your day was when you got to ride to the grain elevator with your Dad, or even to pick up a new load of pigs or cattle in the BIG truck.. WOW! 🙂

  214. Judy says:

    Teaching your kids how to drive out in a hay field

  215. Ruth Ann says:

    I certainly remember number 2 Driving a tractor before my feet touched the pedals. :} and number 6 driving a stick by 3rd grade.

  216. Margie Benoit says:

    You know you are a farmer when coffee breaks are sitting on a tractor.
    And, when your kids understand the circle of life by 5 years old

  217. Watching cow patties squish between your toes for fun!

  218. Geri says:

    Farm wives jobs were washing milkers and always 3 square home cooked meals a day.

  219. Geri says:

    Learned to drive a car on field roads by yourself

  220. janet says:

    You know the feeling of coming down a steep hill in the pickup or truck with questionable brakes…so you use compound low and creep to the bottom….OR you think your dad was full of CR_ _ when he told you to use compound low, and tried to ride the brakes and shifted in neutral!!! NO carnival ride could ever compare and usually ended with one scared driver and two angry parents.

  221. Susan. says:

    You know you grew up on a farm when your first job was hoeing, rogueing , and detasseling corn! Good money- hard work!

  222. Al Vander Wall says:

    You know how to stack a hay wagon pulling bales off the baler chute, and stacking them seven or eight tiers high, higher with straw,while moving across a field. Ending with a square load you could drive into a ditch, and not spill a bale!

  223. Rita says:

    You know you grew up on the farm when a principle fun time was a ride in the bucket of the loader tractor or being pulled behind the tractor with a long rope and a runner sled!

  224. Robin says:

    You pick a tomato off the plant, rub it off on your jeans and eat it right there in the garden! Damlicious!

  225. Kim Radbourne says:

    “Community” was a warm feeling in the heart….not just a word in the dictionary

  226. rebecca says:

    If you opened a gate you shut it back. You also knew which end of the pipe gate to climb over.

  227. Dw says:

    off season means your off the tractor and in the shop.

  228. Jim says:

    You know what the back fourty is because you were raisedon a farm

  229. Ross says:

    You have used baler twine to assist with the “miracle” of birth

  230. Ross says:

    You can tell the doctor how much Estromate to use to induce your wife when the baby is late

  231. Bobby says:

    Know that horses PUSH plows, not PULL!

  232. boltoncarley says:

    You check to see if the cows are laying down to decide if it’s going to rain. Someone you’re related to works at the Farm Service Co-op in town. Or you actually expect your children to do chores so they learn a sense of responsibility. Or you can finish this line “I pledge my heart to…” Love these. Well done! Could go on and on. 🙂

  233. You will only drive one make of truck, the one you learned how to drive on.

  234. Lee ann says:

    “Walking the beans” my mother said it was a great way to get a tan, and exercise. Then, we would take a “break” to wash dishes or prepare dinner or clean house. A break didn’t mean SIT/relax it just meant change of chores. Except when we prepared “coffee time” for “the men” sometimes we would sit & visit between their requests for refills. We had breakfast, coffee time, dinner (yes at noon-ish) coffee time, then supper (whenever dad got in from chores, could be 8/9/10 p.m.

  235. Jeff green says:

    There are at least three pair of boots near the door.

  236. Jenn says:

    You milked cows and delivered calves

  237. Sue Anderson says:

    You know you are a farmer when you have common sense and know how to use it…and you are NEVER BORED!

  238. Dan Rickels says:

    You learn to ski barefoot from the end of a sow or cow’s tail!

  239. Lorraine says:

    You rode your one-speed bike on back country roads (for miles) and didn’t have a helmet or a water bottle.

  240. victoriag1 says:

    You saved all the 5 gallon pails and cried when you buried your dog(s)

  241. –Our Loyalty is to Orange (Allis Chalmers)

    – You were picking rocks from fields as soon as you could walk.

    • Joyce says:

      I swore those rocks must have reproduced because there were more the next year! And talk about pulling mustard weeds out of the fields – an unending task.

  242. Jerry says:

    You could ride a horse or a cow when bringing up the cows 4 milking & U know how to pull the milk faucet correctly putting milk into the bucket.

  243. On the country roads you hang to the far right topping a hill never know who might be coming on the hard road

  244. Alicia says:

    All of your neighbors are within 10 miles not just next door.

  245. Trevor says:

    Snowdays were a mixed bag because you got out of school but had to go scoop bunks so the cattle could eat.

  246. chas heeley says:

    Gash your finger ,others would go to A& E for 5 stitches Farmers just carry on working

  247. Susan Crick says:

    You know, if you’re a guy, that you don’t have to go into the house to ‘whiz’.

  248. You know what a cattle guard is.

  249. Cathy says:

    Country kids curfew…..get in the door before Dad heads out to do morning milking…..met him once on the doorstep after a night of drinking….not a pretty site…..Dad didn’t say a word….turned me around at the door and march me to the barn and did chores. Lesson learned….

  250. Jane says:

    Talking a short distance — as the crow flies.

  251. Jane says:

    Taking that is

  252. alvin funk says:

    You understand the joke of the picture of the guy with a roll of barbed wire over his shoulder and the caption reads, ‘I’m fencing in the Olympics.’

  253. While milking the cows one could also feed the cats, simply by turning the utter.

  254. Ron chambers says:

    You know you are a farmer when your car wanders off the blacktop while you are checking your neighbor’s wheat emerging from the ground.

  255. K-J says:

    You know you’re a farmer when a city slicker says he’ll short cut through your clay field after a heavy rain……..and you let him. lol !

  256. Gab says:

    You did your chores before your parents mentioned it because if you didn’t it was already too late.

  257. Kate Griffin Jett says:

    You know when it’s noon by the location of the sun.

  258. rntra64 says:

    And lets not forget “The Farm Market report!” We all had to silence to listen to the prices of wheat, beans, corn, price of pork ect… 🙂

  259. Sarah Moore says:

    You were riding a horse before you could walk.

  260. Landerson says:

    The absence of window curtains is not a problem unless the sun is shining on your face.

  261. melmom45 says:

    You appreciate the value of manure…and duck tape.

  262. max says:

    take a bath instead showers………………

  263. Morris says:

    You know there is no such thing as tipping a cow.

  264. Morris says:

    You know how to take your city cousins (Snipe Hunting) and your good at it…

  265. jim says:

    Your drivers ed teacher gets in the car on the first day of behind the wheel training and the first thing he says is ” let me guess, you have been driving for years.”

  266. Patricia says:

    Or you plan spring planting around calving, lambing, piggin and/or kidding time.

  267. Eddie Wininger says:

    You logged the lumber that you built the barn with. You know what a binder, thresher, and a gristmill does. You planted pumpkins with the corn to feed the hogs during the winter. You know what lap rings, single or double trees, and trace chains are. You knew what a haystack is, how to make one, and balers still amaze you. You used a crank to start the “new” tractor.

  268. Pat says:

    Summers included baling hay and walking beans – helped build character!!!

  269. malcolm says:

    You know There are only 4 food groups; caught, shot, grown.and shown.

  270. Eloise Kuper says:

    You learned RESPONSIBILITY AND RESPECT at a very early age … and you also learned how to take directions and to DO IT NOW (or that sow was going to have the last say so!)

  271. Les Ellingson says:

    City kids can not squat without falling over backwards

  272. Manning says:

    You were wearing boots with jeans shorts dresses way before it was in style

  273. Mark says:

    One word: PICKUP……trucks haul corn!

  274. richard spangler says:


  275. karen says:

    You actually like the smell of cow manure in the pasture. You milked cows before and after school.

  276. Gaylen says:

    you use walnuts lined in a south window on New Years Eve to see if the next year is going to be wet or dry

  277. Jean says:

    If you stopped to play with a snake in the path with a stick on the way to get the cows to milk. That was the highlight of the day!! ha!

  278. Jan madsen says:

    Your old pickup truck has bucket seats! Real buckets!

  279. Mary Gibbons says:

    You know the difference between a cow, a steer and a bull.

  280. Jean says:

    If there is a farmer in need of either planting or combining their fields for whatever reason, there are always farmer’s around to lend a hand and equipment!

  281. Debra Bayston says:

    You watched Market to Market after church on Sunday.

  282. troy. says:

    You dressed up to go to town on sat or sunday. Your dad or uncle talking across a crowded resturant in town to a nieghbor who might happen to be at same resturant. All the city people wondering what the?
    Listing to your uncle identify himself and town he’s calling from when calling on a ad in the paper.

  283. J L Galbreath says:

    Contentment: Riding in an air-conditioned tractor, floating seat listening to G Gordon Liddy or Rush and tilling on down the field! Company could be included! KYPOYH & KYPD cul jlg

  284. Mr. Phil says:

    You refer to the neighbor’s farm/property not by the name of the current owner, but the 2nd or 3rd previous owner.

  285. Karen says:

    Calves, pigs, rabbits, etc. raised to be eaten, didn’t have names. Creamed corn is made with real cream, not that icky sweet stuff out of a can. Store bought pasteurized milk gives you a tummy ache because you grew up drinking the fresh stuff with all the good bacteria in it. Eggs from the store have no taste.

  286. Laura Hippen says:

    Your swimming pool was the “crick” and everyone ended up somehow getting zapped by the electric fence!!!

  287. You know you grew up on a farm when you spent many afternoons keeping an eye on the pasture to see which heifers were coming into heat, so you could report back who needed to be bred.
    You know you grew up on a farm when you fully understand the forbidden sport of jumping from the top hay mount to the loose hay on the barn floor… and how much trouble you were going to be in if you got caught.
    You know you grew up on a farm if you spent entire afternoons of your childhood trying to see where the cat was hiding her kittens in the loft, or trying to figure out where those little meows were coming from when she was out of the barn.
    You know you grew up on a farm if you understand the term “gotta make hay while the sun shines” in literal terms, and just the thought of it makes your neck feel sunburnt and your back itch.
    I didn’t grow up on a farm, but every summer spent a couple of blissful weeks on my sister and brother in law’s dairy farm. The work was hard, but the fun was funner.

  288. Chary Hively says:

    You know the difference between hay and straw…and get irritated when someone mixes them up. That’s gotta be one of the number one city folk questions I get asked.

  289. AgHires says:

    Reblogged this on Aces In Ag and commented:
    Love this blog from Fastline! Do you have things to add?

  290. Katie says:

    I was taught at a VERY young age that my loyalty was with orange and the other green! Allis Chalmers and Oliver!

  291. Lou naebeck says:

    What ever job needs to be done. Consider it done and done right by a country boy. Hard work is a way of life. Have pride for an honest days work. Wave to your neighbors. Don’t complain about every ache and pain. Brings self satisfaction when the crops look good and the weather is right. Don’t complain about working from dawn till dusk and beyond. Community fairs and tractor pulls are your entertainment

  292. Kevin hoeger says:

    Number 9 you forgot to add the color orange !

  293. gretchen Radway says:

    Around these parts they are call idiot cubes

  294. Randy Wood says:

    You are all wonderful people. Life is reality to farmers and ranchers. Roll with the punches and enjoy it.

  295. Ethan says:

    11. When you go on vacation all you can think about is what you should be doing on the farm.

  296. Joyce says:

    I also have vague memories of the old threshing parties – farmers always helped each other during threshing season – wish it was more like that in the city!

  297. Ken says:

    You know what that changing water meant moving pipe or tubes before and after school.

  298. Angie Arkins says:

    You can also give directions using north south east & west. You can easily drive in snow. You can closely judge the acreage of a plot of ground by site.

  299. David Wood says:

    If your parents used medicine on you that stated “For Animal Use Only” you grew up on a farm.

  300. Al Schroeder says:

    what is a doodle bug used for when baling hay?

  301. Betty says:

    We just said “bale of hay” Back in the day when they started baling hay there was only one size.

  302. jan tracy says:

    had some left over betadine from when the dog got torn up by barbed wire. My eldest son came in with a gash and I took him into the bathroom and pulled out the betadine. He was horrified that I was using the dog’s medicine on him.

  303. Neil says:

    The cows didn’t care what shape their hay came in.

  304. Les says:

    you live so far out in the sticks that the only folks who came your way were looking to steal something or let you know a relative had passed away.

  305. Jim Trowbridge says:

    You knew enough to not stand behind a coughing cow!

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  307. Jim Haeder says:

    You cooled off in the stock tank; pulled carrots out of the ground, wiped off most of the dirt and ate the carrot.

  308. Joe Moyer says:

    What’s “bailing” wire? Wire on a bucket carried in a leaky boat?

    • Mary says:

      It is spelled incorrectly in the article, but not in a lot of comments. It’s what you tie up a square bale of hay with; baling twine. Its a thin, strong twine, not nearly as heavy as rope. But I love your guess!

    • Teresa Lane says:

      Actually, it is a wire with a loop in one end that was used before twine. It is NOT rope. The idiot cubes (square bales) would be tied with these. The non looped end would go through the loop and twist back around itself to form a bale.

  309. S A King says:

    I love the farm and farmer! I married a farmer and he patiently taught this small town girl to farm side by side with him! For 49 years now!

  310. Bill Steinhauser says:

    All I know is that square bales have square corners no matter what else their shape is and round bales have round ends no matter what their size is.—–Also a has-been teacher.

  311. farm girl says:

    Ya what about jumpin on bales for your birthday party

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