10 things farmers do when it rains

By Mike Barnett

And the rains came. And came. And came.

After months of speculation, weather experts announced El Niño is here. Last Friday. Ha! Texas farmers and ranchers could have made that announcement two months ago.

At least farmers and ranchers have a sense of humor. Because it’s a dire situation. One of my Facebook farmer friends posted a photo of him standing on the bow of a sailboat, scanning the horizon of a deep blue ocean. His caption: “Checking wheat this morning.”

When farmers and ranchers get these kinds of rains, it leads to a lot of down time. It’s too wet to get in the fields. So most fix machinery. Organize the shop. Maybe some bookkeeping. Planning for next season or next year.

But eventually, when it rains day in and day out, boredom sets in. And farmers and ranchers search for something to occupy their time.

Here are 10 things farmers really do during these forever rains:

10) Catch up on past episodes of Farm Kings and Dancing With The Stars.

9) Try to remember the color of their pickup.

8) Design udderly delightful swimwear for cows.

7) Whittle down that endless list of “honey-dos.”

6) Brush up on social media and that doesn’t mean eavesdropping on the party line.

5) Muck out the mudroom.

4) Organize a dart tournament with a photo of the local weather guy as the bull’s eye.

3) Search Web MD for a cure for web feet.

2) Figure out how to pay for that new baby due 9 months from now.

And the Number One thing farmers do when it rains:

1) Tie a board behind a horse and water ski between the cotton rows.

Yep, it’s wet. And more rain is in the forecast. So keep your chin up. And your humor intact. May this weekend’s rains fall on those in need. And may it stay away from those who are too wet and need to get on with the business of growing food!

Mike Barnett

Director of Publications
Texas Farm Bureau
I’m a firm believer that farmers and ranchers will continue to meet the needs of a growing world population by employing equal measures of common sense, conservation and technology.
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One Response to “10 things farmers do when it rains”

  1. Bill Stipe says:

    You forgot bug the living crap out of the guys at the fertilizer plant & grain elevator! Ha ha

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