Editor's Notebook: We've All Had One of Those Days

08:09AM Nov 08, 2014
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Hectic times on the farm roll out the welcome mat for snafus and equipment mishaps. It happens to all of us. In our farm neighborhood this fall—notice how I’m not naming names?—I’ve seen it take a herculean effort to dig out a 300-hp row-crop tractor that sank into the silage in a bunker silo. It took a four-wheel-drive tractor, a track hoe and a handful of guys to finally rescue the tractor. 

Just last weekend, I drove upon a grain truck that tumbled onto its side and scattered grain across the median. 

Thankfully, in both cases—and thousands of others—no one was injured. While the disruption and hassle is high, farmers learned long ago to not only take it in stride but to be able to laugh at their machinery mishaps. 

Eight years ago, we started our popular Farm Journal feature called What A Day. The section on Tailgate Talk, the last page of our magazine, shares the photos and experiences, one at a time. Our reader research tells us What A Day is a farmer favorite. This winter, those fans will have a chance to own our first edition “What A Day: Oh, No! Real-Life Mishaps on Real Farms” book. You can preorder it at www.ShopFarmJournal.com..

While you’re there, be sure to browse through other gems in the new online store. Antique tractor fans will particularly like the Machinery Pete Classic Tractor Price Guide and the Best of Tractor Tales DVD.  

For all of you out there who’ve experienced your own What A Day, send a high-quality photo and brief explanation of what happened to [email protected]  

In the meantime, stay safe and keep your sense of humor.

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