I have been living in the farming world for three years now. There are definitely struggles that come to being in this world if you are not used to it. Over time, I have found there are many positives to being with a farmer and a lot of ways that it can make you a better person.

  1. You learn patience-

Being with a farmer can teach patience, because there is a lot of waiting around. Anyone that has been around farming knows that things come up and take a lot longer than planned. There are plenty of times when farming comes first and things need to get done and it’s best to just accept that. I have never been a very patient person, but over time I have realized that it is best for everyone if you are patient and understanding with the things that might come up.

  1. You become more of an individual-

I have always considered myself a social person and usually like to have people around. One of the biggest struggles I have dealt with being with a farmer is all of the alone time. It was not easy for me having so much time alone and doing quite a few things by myself. Over time, I have gotten used to the time I spend by myself and have actually found quite a few positives in that. It’s good to know and understand the things that make you happy and get to do things for yourself.

  1. You learn the value of hard work-

My husband is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. He will spend long days and late nights on the farm or in the field just to make sure the work gets done. All of the successes of farming ride on how well the crops do and how well the weather cooperates that year. Farmers spend all of their time doing everything to produce a good crop and everyone hopes and prays that all of the work pays off during harvest time and when it does pay off, all of those long hours and hard days are all worth it.

  1. You are thankful for any time spent together-

Due to those long hours in the field, it can be hard to get any quality time with your significant other. Sometimes, the only time I get a chance to see my husband is if I go ride in the combine or go along to check pivots. This is the lifestyle of a farmer. I have realized that if spending time together is important, I will take advantage of any opportunity to get to see and talk to my husband.

  1. You have a greater appreciation for the little things-

Before Tyler, I never really thought much about farmland or where the food on the table came from. After spending time in different fields and learning about the different crops Tyler and his family work with, I have a greater appreciation for these things. I have been able to see all the hard work that goes into producing a good crop for the year and it makes me thankful to get to be a part of this world.

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Erica Turner

I recently married my husband, Tyler, on May 30. We live in Western Nebraska and have two energetic dogs, Bugs (German Shorthair) and Jax (Chocolate Lab). I am the 5th and 6th grade English teacher at Perkins County Elementary and am getting ready to start my first year as head coach for the Perkins County High School volleyball team. I stay busy helping on the farm (well, more like driving the guys from field to field), playing in women's golf league, and just being outside.