Thursday, May 31, 2012

Slow down Farming Ahead!


You’re not the only pebble on the beach.
               Harry Braisted


Scenes like this are all around us this time of year. The farmers are moving equipment down rural roads from farm to farm trying to get their fields worked up and seeded. This has become an increasingly more demanding job maybe you have noticed that a lot of those rural roads are now suburban roads with increasingly more traffic.

Farming has changed so much that farmers need to rent land further away from where their farms are located just to find enough land to grow crops. It is getting increasingly hard to find farmland as houses and subdivisions are popping up everywhere. What are builders thinking? Where are we going to grow food for all those young families living in those nice homes in those suburbs that have been built on prime farmland?
I have talked to farmers who are driving to the next county just to find enough land. This makes for a lot more travelling on those busy highways, there are very few of those cute little quiet rural roads we used to see while driving.

 I just want to remind those of you who see heavy equipment with the slow moving vehicle signs driving down the road PLEASE SLOW DOWN this farmer is just trying to grow food for your table, he/she works hard to do that and has enough stress in his/her job without worrying about you trying to pass him. Haying season will soon be upon us so more machinery will be travelling these roads. Pay attention and keep your eyes on the road.

When you come right down to it if a little car runs into a tractor or piece of equipment the tractor will not lose. Give yourself a little more time we will all benefit in the long run. Thanks to the farmers and those of you who realize this and already slow down. Everyone just wants to be safe and happy and get to where they are going.


This driver knows exactly what I am talking about.


 I am joining Nancy at A Rural Journal And Lisa at Two Bears Farm For Rural Thursday. Check it out.


http://www.aruraljournal.com/2012/05/rural-thursday-19-spirit-of-nebraska.html

http://www.twobearsfarm.com/2012/05/yes-you-can-survive-camping-with.html


Rural Thursday Blog Hop


Later.

26 comments:

  1. Things are very much the same here too Buttons. We have a million empty houses, but still they build more!

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  2. Love the dog.

    Some people are so impatient. I know they couldn't last a half day on a farm.

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  3. oh i'd rather be stuck behind a tractor (which happens frequently around here!) than stuck in a traffic jam any day! love that cute little dog of yours!

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  4. Slow down, that's something a lot of people just don't want to do these days, or stop at stops, red lights... oh I don't want to get started!

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  5. people dont know how to slow down. our neighbor almost t-boned me while moving hay. i was driving a RED F350 with a round bale trailer full of 6 1500lb bales. how she couldn't see me is beyond me. then she almost rear ended me because she was texting. i makes my blodd pressure rise...

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  6. We have that here too, but even more than farm equipment, it's Amish buggies. I had a ride with our neighbor once, and believe me, it changed how I drive when I pass buggies! They must have nerves of steel!

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  7. Sweet dog. Yes, life is too short to speed it away every day. Slow down for safety first, and you find out you can see a lot more!

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  8. This is a great message. Everyone gets in such a huge hurry to get wherever it is they are going, or too into the music on the car radio. Everyone needs to slow down a bit and all of us will benefit.

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  9. Since Hubs and I are farmers, I really appreciate this post! And... I LOVE your dog!!!

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  10. Great post and reminder!!! Spring is a busy season in rural areas! Be careful on the road out there!!

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  11. good reminders, buttons!

    sweet pup!

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  12. You'd better be hitting the brakes when those tractors turn:)

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  13. Impatient driving makes me crazy. Someone driving a tractor on a paved road is naturally nervous. Driving rammy around a tractor is self-absorbed and makes a person basically a bully in my eyes.

    Thanks for linking. Your dog has a wonderful smile!

    Bobbie

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  14. We see these same scenes in our area. There are many tractors on the road right now. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and take care!

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  15. You're right, and costs are expensive.

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  16. Thanks you for your insight and support of the farmer and for the advice to others to slow down a little. A great post. . .

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  17. I grew up in a farming family, so love your photo,and definitely appreciate the wisdom of your driving advice. Farms are so essential to the country, and such a hard job!

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  18. This looks like a traffic jam around my parts!

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  19. I used to hate getting stuck behind tractors. Until I moved to the city, hated traffic more, and decided to come back to the country side. Now I smile when I get behind a tractor because it means that someone is still out there tilling the dirt and harvesting the hay. I love small farmers! Without them our food biodiversity would be more devastated than it already is!

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  20. Such an important reminder for all of us. Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week, G. xoxo

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  21. Ironically, as a former architect, development has always bothered me. We bought my husband's great-grandparents' farmhouse and 5 1/2 acres of the original farm back into the family. The original farm was about 52 acres, and so far, almost 22 acres have been sold off (thankfully not heavily developed, but still...). Praying we can somehow hold onto the rest.

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  22. a great message b....and what a beautiful pup!!

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  23. most importantly (back in the day in Wisconsin) dont tailgate a pickup loaded with small bales - the woman (me)might have not loaded as tight as she would have liked....

    GREAT POST!!!

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