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JaredT

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Flat fields sure have to help a lot. Big open flat fields.  
I learned to drive while taking hay, out of necessity, on a 7 acre steep side hill.  Dad put a 1066 on the 7’ rake because it was the only cabbed tractor we had and he figured I’d survive if I tipped over, or ran the rake up over the tire.   

A local guy died in a rollover accident this year while  baling hay.  Another one lost a hay wagon out of the field and it almost made it out to the four lane highway.  I’ve tipped a wagon over.  Biggest operator around put a magnum down a ravine and totaled it out years ago.   It’s not uncommon to see entire 8-10’ disc gangs, Plow bottoms,  various ripper teeth,  rollers…ripped off and sitting on the side of the field, Because there’s that much crap that you can hit.
just a different world out here vs there.  My wife has been driving a car for 30 years, and I would be super nervous to put her on a simple hay raking tractor  by herself. 

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My one boy enjoys helping me out with the farming. Good thing as help is getting slim pickings . He probably combined 1/4 of the beans . He did perfect in the grain cart and we unloaded on the go a few times and our fields don't necessarily lend to that. He now has his own combine as we refer to the 2366 as "his" . He got a mini baler to make mini bales for his own venture 

 

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On 12/20/2021 at 7:34 AM, wendyoakscubs said:

Not necessarily farming related but tractor related. My son, who is 5, driving a Cub Cadet that he watched me fix and helped with a little bit. The big machines are still intimidating so we slowly start him out on something small and slow. 

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That Cub Cadet teaches them how things work.

When you steer left, or right, what happens.

When you hit the brakes, what happens.

When you hit Dad's pickup, what happens.

This may be smaller but this is where the learning really starts.

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On 12/20/2021 at 8:34 AM, wendyoakscubs said:

Not necessarily farming related but tractor related. My son, who is 5, driving a Cub Cadet that he watched me fix and helped with a little bit. The big machines are still intimidating so we slowly start him out on something small and slow. 

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I leaned on a cub cadet as well.  Great place to start.  The cost of a new pedal tractor (and quality) vs an IH cub cadet I'm likely going to be getting my 5 year old one.

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While my boys are young I get them out there. 2 and 5. 

The youngest will set in the cab for hours on end and just watch me. The oldest wants out to run once in a while. I have to pick him back up like a dog or something. 

My 5yo handles the side by side pretty well. He is my transportation to equipment (long as it's not on county road yet)

He helps me work on things and he cleaned my fertilizer spreader all up for me this summer.

Kids will be kids but If i can keep them both interested in something farm related I'd sure be happy. Probably be even happier if they are smarter than me and avoid it later on. Lol

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