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Making a list of farm likes...and dislikes

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photo.JPGMagazine editors have long known that their publications sell much better if they include lists on the covers: ten tips for managing your money; seven ways to build better relationships; a dozen undiscovered, inexpensive vacation spots to visit this summer. That sort of thing.


Private lists scratched out in notebooks help us organize our lives:  bread & milk, phone Dad, pick up mower, dental appointment....


And lists delve deep into human experience, according to some. In a recent newsletter, Maria Popova quotes the writer Umberto Eco: “The list is the origin of culture."


Popova points out that the writer-philosopher Susan Sontag once made lists of her likes and dislikes. The result was intriguing, kind of like a cross between song lyrics and a map of the human psyche.


I was inspired to try my own list, pretty much off the top of my head.


Farm things I like:


Big round bales, bale feeders and bale wrap

Remote-controlled pivots

Google maps of farmland

Meadow larks

Grass waterways

Big bluestem

Yield maps

Corn stubble sticking out of snow

Farm ponds with bass

Unmowed ditches

Drinking well water

Guidance systems

Exiting an interstate to a county road



Things I dislike:

Bad movies about farmers

Dehorning cattle



Clean tillage



Smell of freshly applied liquid hog manure

Soil erosion

Water pollution


Astronomically high land prices

Fear & greed


Bad seed caps

Whatever it is that’s killing the chickens now

Sow crates

Junk in windbreaks

Trampled stream banks

Abandoned farm houses

Decrepit upright silos


More things I like:


Simmental cattle

Hampshire pigs

Home canning

Plum thickets

Odor of cattle barn


Barn cats

Women driving tractors

Smell of fresh-cut alfalfa

Big gardens

Radar weather maps

Grain legs

Pneumatic planters

Wild turkeys

Flying farmers

Rain in July

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The sound of a R1340 - 600 horse--- in a model 164C - ag cat - pulling up with a full load and the props tips super sonic

baby calves running across a pasture with there tails up

fresh turned ground

sound of a 414 with a straight piper ( on combine )

a quite morning with the birds singing

auto swath on sprayer

knee high corn that has hit the N

Nothing better than watching a crop duster -- that knows what he is doing - pure magic

A big A runing at sunset ( spraying )

Angus ! ( NO dairy here lol )

fresh cut hay

an 806 -- pouring out black smoke you can see for miles

cutting wheat

a peice of hot sugar cream pie






people that don't know jack about farming  -- but think they do ( Informa ) and others !

TV people that stop by for an interview on beans -- and had to ask if the field we were in was ???? beans ----- true story !

poor weather

over priced fert . ( because they can can )

selling crops for - WHAT they offer

flat tires

poor stands

calling for rain --- but don't happen

people driveing 5 mph -  when your on a parts run !