Yep, it's my father-in-law, a.k.a. Grandpa. A true farmer with a little bit of farm dirt to prove it! If he reads this post, I'm going to have to deal with a bit of smugness from his end, but he has really helped me learn how to be a good farm wife. This post came to me when two of my friends, sisters-in-law, lost their father-in-law last week. Hugs and love to Miss Liz at The Farmwife Cooks and her sister-in-law Miss Amy. Father-in-laws, at least in my case, are great teachers (probably a bit more patient than their sons) when it comes to learning how to run equipment and understanding animals and fields. Yes, they taught their sons the exact same lessons, but with age comes that innate knowledge that the artificial intelligence in our monitors and phones just don't have. That knowledge is priceless.
My FIL has farmed some of this ground more than 50 years. He knows where the washes are and where the danged field tile posts are hidden. He knows just where to park his tractor with the auger wagon so that he is ready to pick me up just when my combine is full (That amazes me!). He pretty much understands the weather; although we do quibble about his "feelings" and the actual radar activity. Sometimes those dang storms do fall apart right before they get to us, and a few times, I have actually been right.....and wet!
We are the ones picking/cutting corn and beans while Tall Guy mans the semis and deals with the unloading end of the harvest. I feel badly for TG because he would love to be in the "Captain's Seat." He did get to run the combine a bit while we were in beans.....
but he understands the drier best, and between the three of us can best get in and out of the trucks to do the unloading. Grandpa and I take turns with who is in the combine/tractor, but when we are in corn, it works best if he unloads the auger wagon because he does it more quickly than I do, and there may be a slight issue with my depth perception, but I'm not ready to own that one quite yet.
Grandpa is in the tractor with the auger cart unloading on the go, and I am in the combine sneaking a photo op without him seeing me do it......hopefully.
There is one thing that Grandpa and I do out in the field that drives poor TG nuts: We talk on the radio. A. Lot. (At least according to TG) Sometimes it's a directional thing like him giving me directions, and other times we just like to banter back and forth. Then there are times when one of us forgets to do something like put the combine auger away or "Someone" needs to slow his tractor down during an unload on the go because his 3.8 mph in his tractor is 4.2 miles in my combine. You would think .4 mph wouldn't be a big deal, but I would invite you to sit in the buddy seat by mine when it happens..... A lot of corn comes out of the combine auger at a deceptively high rate, and there aren't enough buckets or time to go pick a mess on "Row" 5! We also use hand gestures too, but not the ones I use with TG! (hee hee!)
Translation: "Put your head here."
I think I have the most enjoyment sitting back in my seat listening to Grandpa and TG discuss farm strategies back and forth. I learn a lot from them......Maybe silence is golden......but let's not tell Tall Guy! They talk about where tile lines need to go, how a waterway might be better fixed, what vehicles and equipment need maintenance, and what I should be doing next. Yep, with "she" listening right along with them on the same radio!
So yes, Technology is grand, and so many answers to questions are right at our finger tips, but when I want to know something about the farm I am working on, my best resource is still on the other end of my FM radio. Thanks Grandpa for being my life line and teaching me just a tenth of what you know. Keep on teaching!
Is there a favorite job or task you and your father-in-law are better doing than you and your husband?
Do you work with your father-in-law or mother-in-law? If so, what is it like to work closely with them?
Time for me to get back out there and put some more corn in the bins!
Until next time Peeps, have a wonderful day,
and try to make a positive difference
in someone else's life !