A couple weeks ago while getting a massage- yes, farmers get massages, too- the lady asked if my husband was done with harvest. When I told her yes she said how great it was that he was done, and that I would not be a “farming widow,” anymore. Two thoughts went through my head– that it was the second time I had heard that term in just the past few days, and the other being “I wish.” I just kind of nodded and softly replied mmhmm, while thinking of all the OTHER farming-related things my husband would be doing now that harvest was over. Things like– finishing up planting cover crops, cleaning equipment and re-arranging the barn storage, loading and moving straw, and the accounting for the year. Needless to say, I have learned pretty quickly that farming is not just a spring and fall job. That’s not to say I ever thought it was truly just a spring and fall job, but I have been surprised to learn that many people think it is that cut and dry. Instead, farming is a year-round job that is never done……
Now that the combine’s job is done, it has to get clean and find a spot in the barn out of the way. Farming goes on.
Farm records have to be done by the end of the year, so that means picking a Saturday night and putting 12 months worth of paperwork into the computer. Farming goes on.
When you’ve got straw contracts to fill, you have to make sure trailers are loaded with straw at all times. Farming goes on.
Loading straw makes a mess, so you better be ready to push broom the barn floors and rake the driveway. Farming goes on.
When you bale more hay than usual, and way more than your two horses can eat, you have to advertise it and load it up on the buyers’ trailers. Farming goes on.
When you rely on your semis to haul grain and straw, and one isn’t working quite right, you have to spend hours in the shop fixing it. Farming goes on.