I have no idea where this saying came from but it gets said a lot. Matter of fact, a lot of bad words get said on the farm. Screw up’s are just as much a part of farming as soil and water. I'd like to share with you some of my biggest screw up's on the farm.
The most recent one was a broken bird finger from a chop saw. I was being stupid and failed to unplug the saw. While I was changing the blade, I messed around and grabbed the trigger, which slung the wrench into my finger faster than a cheetah on meth! One surgery and two pins later and she's back straight.
Shortly after I moved back home and started farming full time I was using Dad's truck. I was bedding land and got in the truck to head home for lunch. I had the driver door open and backed up and peeled the door forward like Chris Farley on Tommy Boy. Oops.
When I was around 18 dad had me filling up all the tractors with diesel. Later, he told me to fill up the camper. I had a good half a tank of diesel in it when I remembered it was a gas burner.We drained the tank filled it with gas and she was good to go.
Years ago when I was still getting used to our 6700 sprayer I pulled it to the barn to change the oil. I had a brain fart and pressed the wrong button on the hydrostat and the left boom swung out in a hurry and poked some holes through the big barn doors. Dad was inside the shop when the ruckus happened and runs out yelling. Sorry Dad. Those holes were still in the tin until hurricane Michael ripped the doors off.
In 2004 my cousin Gannon and I were working at the peanut mill. I would level wagons all day on the farm and then Dad had me at the mill in the late afternoons. We were airing up tires on peanut wagons. We had a clamp on air chuck so we would clamp it on and take it off when it got to around 55psi. At one point we clamped it on and got side tracked talking and then realized we had forgotten to take the chuck off. We look over and the tire is about to pop! Luckily we snatch the chuck off before it exploded. Im guessing it had around 150 psi at this point.
I could keep on going but for the sake of my pride I'll cut this short. Mistakes happen to ALL of us. Especially on a farm. Hopefully we learn from them and keep them to a minimum.