Farm Sense: The Most Peaceful Place on Earth is the Combine Cab

September 28, 2018 09:38 AM

The jump seat in the combine cab is the most peaceful place on earth. It must be, according to the steady stream of pictures flowing on social media this harvest season of blurry-eyed, pint-sized assistants being overcome by the power of the cab.


AgDay’s Clinton Griffiths takes a look at the power and grace of the cab nap in this week’s Farm Sense.

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Fairgrove, MI
10/1/2018 10:06 AM

  Geez, sounds like the Grinch is warming up for Christmas. Why put such a negative twist on something so wholesome and positive. These young parents would never jeopardize the most precious part of their existence. Compare the love and attention that these kids are receiving from working parents to so many inner city kids who have working parents that can't be with them while they are away, and then tell us who is really at risk. Negating all risks in life is virtually impossible and trying to do so robs us of some of life's most treasured experiences. Riding in the back of my Dad's pickup with him when my Mom and sisters picked us up at the end of the day, or to go home for lunch is something I still recall. Was it dangerous? Sure, but I can still see his smiling face and that memory of a fun time is worth so much in the scheme of life. Safe operator enclosures allow young parents the opportunity to stay closer to their children's lives which is a luxury that I didn't have when I was a young parent working long hours to sustain our farm. I would give anything to relive that period in my life and have my kids to visit with or watch sleep in the relatively safe and quiet of a combine cab. I'm betting that when these kids grow up and if they move away, when they come home to visit and Dad is combining they will be making a beeline to go ride with Dad and relive those happy childhood memories.

WilliAMS, AZ
9/28/2018 08:25 PM

  Great example of extreme recklessness and disregard for safety. Kids riding in a combine is a prelude to accident and injury. What do you do when the combine plugs and you have get out of the cab. I have seen numerous times operators out of the cabs and kids either playing or napping in the cab with combine is running. If you do not have enough money to hire a professional baby sitter, perhaps selling the farm and finding/funding a safer atmosphere for the kids would be well worth the change.

Newport, MI
9/28/2018 08:54 PM

  Thanks for the lecture Lee. It is a good reminder to be safe though. With that said, combining or driving tractors with kids in the cab can be done safely. Don't assume everyone is or may be as reckless as your assuming. If we quit because we weren't safe then maybe we could have time to join the #metoo movement. Have a great day!


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