Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Sights and Smells of Country Life

Many people like living in rural communities because they provide open space, friendly neighbors, parks, agriculture fields, a great environment for raising children, room for animals, fresh produce stands nearby, unique downtowns and attributes to numerous to mention.

For these reasons, some people dream about moving out of “the city” into “the country”. Another thing you’ll find in the country is farms; grain farms, dairy farms, hog farms, horse farms, vegetable farms, etc. Many people like farms and may even want to live near a farm instead of a neighborhood packed with houses. Farms can be picturesque and people like visiting farms, especially in the fall.

Some seem surprised that along with farms come;
Tractors, which are slow moving on rural roads, especially when pulling an implement like a wide disk or a corn planter. Tractors usually have a long line of cars behind them. This can be inconvenient when you’re in a hurry to get somewhere. But it’s part of country life.

Dirt, Dust & Mud exists on farms. Most farms don’t have paved driveways. Rain on dirt roads create mud that can get on the road when trucks and tractors drive off the farm. Preparing fields to be planted is also likely to stir up dust. This is part of life in the country.

Flies love the habitat livestock manure creates. Nobody likes flies buzzing around their home and yard, but its part of country living.

Livestock manure is produced by farm animals. This is a great natural fertilizer that is applied to fields to enhance soil fertility. Manure has an odor which is evident when it’s being applied to farm ground. Manure must be transported from livestock pens on the farm to the fields where it is a valuable soil nutrient. Rural residents are not too excited about the smell of fresh manure drifting onto their back porch, but the conditions that make you want to be outside with your family, are perfect conditions for applying this natural fertilizer.

Spring is a very busy time for farmers. We’re applying manure/fertilizer, plowing, disking, and planting. Planting season has a narrow window. In the Midwest, that window can be even smaller because we must work around weather conditions. When it rains, we can’t get into the fields. So when there’s a window of opportunity to haul manure, disk ground or plant, we do it. This could be on a Friday night or a Sunday afternoon. It takes long hours and often times requires working late into the night.

Getting that seed into the ground is vital to the success of our dairy farm. We do all this to grow quality crops to feed our cows. These cows produce wholesome milk which makes delicious and nutritious dairy products your family enjoys.

As dairy producers, we do our best to be good neighbors and responsible members of our community. We maintain a clean farm and try to minimize odors, flies, and dirt on the road. We’re grateful to have so much support in our community. Thank you for understanding when we’re applying manure, stirring up a little dust or driving a slow tractor down the road. These activities make it possible for us to live in a nation with a plentiful supply of quality food choices in the grocery store.


  1. Love it! Wonderful blog. Keep up your writing. It's only through information like this and education that the rest of country can become aware of where their food comes from and what it takes to produce it

  2. Some people think farmers work late solely to disturb their peace and quiet. I love this reasoned and understated way of putting across the message.

    1. Thanks Anne. There is purpose to everything we do and I believe it's important for people to understand that.

  3. Nice post! It is a must read for those moving to the country so they will know what to expect. I just wrote a the first of a series of blog posts on farming from a rural planning perspective ( Would you mind if I linked your blog on my blog post?

    1. Yes, you can link my post to your blog. I believe it's important for farmers to be good neighbors. It's equally important for those living around farms to be realistic about rural living. Most farmers to their best to control odor, dust and files. We are lucky that our neighbors are supportive of our dairy. We don't take that for granted. We value our neighbors and community.


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