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Some truly facepalm-worthy moments on the farm


Farmers revealed some of their funniest and most embarrassing facepalm-worthy moments in agriculture


Remember “America’s Funniest Home Videos?” It was one of my favorite shows, especially back in the ’90s. We’d all get ready to send in our VHS tapes full of funny videos, fingers crossed that ours would get chosen for the $10,000 prize.

Fortunately times have changed to the digital era where videos are uploaded for all to see at the click of a button, and we no longer have to worry about VHS “antiques.” (Heck, many in the younger generation probably have no clue what I’m talking about! VHS? What’s that?)

One thing is for certain though: Despite the fact it’s never been easier to upload our facepalm-worthy moments, the human sense of humor hasn’t much changed. We still appreciate a good story, especially on the farm. And these moments of laughter still include ridiculous failure, and moments of, um, how the heck did they even do that? You know, stuff like this:


What HAPPENED?!? How does one even do this? Unfortunately, it’s all too common on the farm. Ask anyone, I think we’ve almost ALL been stuck on the farm in one way or another. Ice, mud, snow, we’ve seen it all. Farm song parodies like this one have even helped make light of the situation:

While we are left scratching our heads and imagining the story behind these mishaps, what about you? Have you had a major mistake on the farm? In addition to getting stuck, other common blunders include leaving the gate open for animals to get out, falling into piles of manure, and grabbing onto the electric fence. I polled my Facebook page followers to see what they said, and here are some screenshots of the internet’s most facepalm-worthy moments on the farm:

Well … they ended up getting married, so she must have left an impression that wasn’t so bad! Ha!

On Twitter, we have stories of grain storage and loading errors:


Human errors on equipment? Check!:

Farm facepalms are not only limited to human errors — sometimes the funniest things that happen are due to misunderstandings based purely on the fact that people are somewhat new to the farm life:

And who could forget the classic cell phone blunders? I sometimes feel like Otterbox and other “tough as nails” working type cell cases were invented for farmers. You can run them over, you can drop them, they can be covered in manure, the buttons may be hanging by a thread … yet farmers love their crappy old (still working!) cell phones or “Fred FlintPhone” style flip phones.


Speaking of “fishing things out,” sometimes the farm dog manages to discover the thing you were looking for all along…

Of all the comments I read, the sandal story above was my favorite. What about you?

Others reading got a kick out of the comments as well:

Stay safe out there! And know the next time you make a mistake on the farm, know you’re not alone.


Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe, is an Iowa-based farmer, public speaker, and writer, who lives and works with her boyfriend on their farm, which consists of row crops, beef cattle, and sheep. She believes education is key in bridging the gap between farmers and consumers.

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