I was visiting with my young neighbour the other morning. He’d seen that I started haying and asked if I still use those old grainery’s in my fields. I said no, not anymore. He then asked me, well why don’t I burn them? My response was “Why?” Well if you don’t use them, why not get rid of them so you don’t have to farm around them? I just told him I don’t mind them, they can stay. I have 5 of them throughout my fields and pastures. Honestly, I enjoy them. It’s a reminder of our agriculture past. I was baling today and thinking of his discussion with me as I baled around it. I could see the guys with 50 and 70 foot airseeders why they’d want to get rid of it. But I don’t have equipment like that. Most of my equipment is in that 20 foot range. So it’s not as big a deal. But I knew him and he farms with similar equipment. He just didn’t see the need in keeping an old dilapidated wooden grainery if it’s just in the way. I don’t see it that way though. To me it’s a legacy of the past. Someone went to a lot of effort to build it and it’s probably stored many harvests over its time. I don’t know how old it is but today I was picturing an old stationary thrashing machine backed up to it and harvest going on many years ago. Someone then bagging it up and hoisting it out into a wagon to go to town. It’s probably not that old, but of the same design anyway. It reminds us of our past. That we should be humble of what we have now. Things weren’t always this easy and efficient in agriculture. We need to remember that and those old grainery’s serve that purpose. I’m sure in time it will eventually succumb to the elements and collapse. Then I’ll have to pile it up and burn it. But until then it can stand tall and proud as a reminder of our past and I’ll continue to farm around it.
I chose to farm around it