Thursday, February 27, 2020

John Deere and Those Who Love Them

In my stomping ground

My father once told me that I was a farm girl, that is all I would ever be.  My intelligence told me that this would not be.

Now, with a farm girl's genes, I smile whenever I see a John Deere tractor. Given that, seeing the following videos makes my smiles bigger. Yes, I know. These little boys were too young to be doing this, that riding these is amazingly dangerous.

It is a farming thing. 

Grandpas teach the Dads, and then the Dads teach their offspring. The level of safety has increased tremendously. Their parents are next to them, filming them, watching them. But the biggest things are that the parents are teaching them, instilling in them a respect for life and work. And even more important, they are learning to understand safety and how to avoid injury.

Below are videos of children learning that and more. Each is about 3 minutes, except the last one which is 6 minutes.






These are 4 brothers moving hay to feed cows. The youngest
brother (little blond sweetie) is riding with an older brother.

My brothers were on tractors by the time they were 10-12 yrs. old.  In fact, every farm boy was licensed to drive farm vehicles on public roads by the time they were 14. I even had to drive an old Ford to help dump corn for the hogs. I was 9 and I was terrified.

Farm kids are outside working with their parents. Electronics are in the house. Which would you choose?






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    1. Growing up on the farm meant outdoors was where we went! Inside usually meant eating and going to bed.

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  2. I wasn't much for the great outdoors when I was young, but had I been raised on a farm, I would've been out there with everyone else. Shame most kids don't learn how to work like that these days.

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    1. With parents working, children distracted by games, sport etc., kids have shuffled off that lifestyle.

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  3. I always hated the outdoors. Screens (or books) for me.

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    1. Come on, Liz!! Can you have a garden in pots? Live large, girl!!

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  4. I grew up in a rural area. My parents were not farmers but some of our friends were. John Deere tractors were a common site.

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  5. You can't beat the outdoors, so much to see and enjoy. Tractors over here are everywhere. Anyone between the age of 13 and 16 can legally drive a tractor during agricultural, horticultural or forestry field operations. No one under 16 can drive a tractor on a road. You see many young people driving these tractors over here every day. It's a way of like in rural Ireland.
    Have a nice evening, Susan.

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    1. I'd love to be a part of that over in Ireland.

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  6. They sure seem to be having a blast!

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  7. We went outdoors a lot, even though we lived in the "city" (suburbs). My kids were told to go out and play, and they did. They loved the woods (a small grove of trees across the street), the creek, the pond. Eldest loved to skateboard, younger son would make his own bow and arrows and set up targets to practice, go fishing in the creek then come home and cook what he caught. Sisters went along and played outdoors, too.

    They had their share of screen time, but i wanted them playing as much as possible.

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    1. Sounds like your family had the joy of running about, getting muddy!

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  8. I wish I could turn back time when riding a tractor for youngsters was the most fun thing in the world and a game on a telephone would never be thought about.

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  9. Tractor rides were a treat when visiting Grandma and Grandpa. Feeding the hogs, not so much!

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    1. Oh yes. The odor of hogs on a hot summer day right after a rain, well, that is something that lingers in my brain.

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  10. I wasn't a farm girl, but I come from a state where kids got their temporary licenses at 14. We didn't have cell phones (I still don't own one) and we helped our parents with things that needed to be done outside. I totally agree that our world has become electric and static. Computer and cell phone time are the new cancer!

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    1. It is an addiction, playing electronics 8 hours a day. They become used to immediate gratification. That makes reading and math mundane. I have seen that in my classrooms.

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  11. I would prefer to have the kids outside learning how the farm works and where their food etc comes from, how the money is earned. Electronics may have programs that teach that, but it isn't the same.
    Those little green and yellow tractors were very squeaky, are they supposed to be? I like the little white one in the first video.

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    1. Yes, the sounds were petty accurate to simulate the real tractor. The white one in the first must have been a Ford.

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  12. I like kids outside. I know a few farm girls, and it is still in their blood although they are not now on a farm
    I never owned a JD tractor, but I do have a JD mower now. I treat it like a bush hog.
    I enjoyed the videos and yes safety is considered more now than it was up to the 60s period. We visited farms a lot. Dad was the eldest of 13 in his family, he was a full time farm hand at 9 in 1912. Lot of STUFF stored in this post...

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    1. My oldest brother was enlisted/drafted to work at age 10 on the farm. In fact, all of us were as well when turning 10.

      Full time farm hand at age 9-10 was exhausting!

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  13. Outside of course. My brother's best friend was the son of a farmer so I got to see how a lot of the work was done to put food on our plates. I only stayed inside when weather insisted that I did.

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  14. I like a mixture of both. Inside and outside. I love creating stuff on the computer, but I love being outside on the land too. :)

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  15. I should get outside more. It's hard this time of year. Our daughter is making a solid effort of it. She goes for walks even on bitterly cold days.

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    1. She is to be commended! Walking around in a mall or a large store (Lowes---no tempting choices except for us) is a good substitute. We have used the mall. But getting outside in winter? That is a challenge.

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  16. I always liked being outside when I was younger more than being inside.

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    1. Our children were always outside until they hit the teen years.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!