The pickup lover’s Top 10

Editor’s Note: In celebration of Throwback Thursday, Mike Barnett is reviving an old blog.

By Mike Barnett

Texas farmers and ranchers love pickups.

Doesn’t matter what brand or color, everyone has one. They carry our dust on the outside and mud on the inside. They’re decorated with dings and scratches from errant fence posts and angry cows.

Pickups haul range cubes, firewood and kids to school. The inside often smells of cow manure and wet dogs. Look in the back of a pickup and you’ll likely find welders, torches and the tools of agriculture’s trade.

Why exactly do Texas farmers and ranchers love their pickups? Here are the top 10 reasons:

10) So your cow dog can ride shotgun to keep you company on the way to town.

9) The bed serves as a depository for aluminum cans.

8) It’s hard to feed cubes out of a trunk.

7) To pull morons driving anything else out of mud holes.

6) Pickups lined up outside a cafe like cows at a feed trough indicate the best place to eat in small towns.

5) The dashboard is a handy place to file receipts until tax time.

4) Trucks have sex appeal, and we’re hoping some will rub off on us.

3) A horse trailer pulled behind a Toyota Camry just ain’t right.

2) The gap between cab and bed is a dandy place for mud boots.

1) Our vehicle is a reflection of ourselves. Who wants to look like a Nissan Cube?

This is the short list, guys and gals. I’m sure there are dozens more. Why do you love your pickup?


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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