FARMERS & MOTHER NATURE: AN ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN RELATIONSHIP

conversation heartsIn light of the upcoming lovers holiday – I prefer not to say the V word – and a recent conversation in our office, I realized:

Farmers and Mother Nature have the most twisted and unhealthy relationship in the world.

It’s on again, off again.  Codependent.  He said, she said.  Abusive.  And basically every other relationship no-no that Buzz Feed warns you about.

  1. FARMERS COMPLAIN ABOUT THE WEATHER TO THEIR FRIENDS

And if there’s a golden rule to dating, it’s that you pick one friend to complain about your significant other, and you leave the rest of your friends out of it.  I mean, who wants all of their friends to hate their man?  But when it comes to farmers and Mother Nature, they are all complaining about her – all day, all the time.

It’s too dry.  It’s too wet.  It’s too hot.  It’s too cold.  She can never win.

2. FARMERS CAN’T LIVE WITH HER, WITHOUT HER

300 feetFarmers are completely dependent on Mother Nature – and I know they wish they didn’t have to be!  But the fact you learned in elementary school still holds true: plants need sunshine and rain to grow.  And it’s so nice if it happens at exactly the right time in exactly the right amounts.

3. MOTHER NATURE CAN SURE DELIVER A BEATING

She will say she still loves them anyway.  She will beg them to stay.  But she just can’t stop sending tornadoes, hurricanes, record-setting droughts, and drenching, flooding rains.  Mother Nature can be a bit of an abusive partner for a farmer.  But when she’s happy, everything is good.

4. TODAY THEY LOVE HER, TOMORROW THEY DON’T

On the days when rain is needed and farmers get a gentle, all-day rain, she is their most favorite person in the world.  On the days when the crops are looking great and poised to make record-setting yields and Mother Nature sends high winds that flatten everything, they hate her.

You’d understand if you lost a several thousand dollar investment.

 

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