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Kids in the Cab

Jeff and Levi Harris get some quality father-son time on the tractor.
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Farmers often say the tractor cab is their office. If that's true, than almost any day could be "Bring Your Child to Work Day." And it seems many of our readers take advantage of the unique opportunity farming offers to involve the entire family in the work.

We asked readers to share photos of their children or grandchildren as they rode in the cab of the picker, the combine or the tractor this fall. We had an excellent response. From kids who will soon be harvesting on their own, to babies in a car seat. It looks like these farm kids get their fair share of windshield time, too.

Getting to ride along with your parent or grandparent during harvest is a favorite activity for many farm kids. As a kid it made you feel important to be riding along, plus it was just fun. Farm parents shared that having their children or grandchildren ride with them is often the highlight of their day. The tractor or combine cab is the place you can have some of the best talks, share some laughs and just spend quality time together. Judging by the photos we received, the tractor cab is also an excellent spot for a nap — for the little ones, that is! 

Thanks to all who shared these precious family moments. It's encouraging to see the next generation taking part in agriculture.

Editor's Note: In an article about children and farm machinery, we would be remiss to not share a few safety reminders. Always remove keys when equipment is not in use so unsupervised children do not start up a machine. Never leave young children unattended during farm activities. Be sure any jobs assigned to youth are appropriate for their age and skill level. And buckle up.


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