When you landed your first job as an agronomist, there were probably a few things you did not know you were signing up for – that may have been for the best. Luckily, the rewards of the job make it all worthwhile. The best part about the little quirks that come with being an agronomist, is realizing that you’re not the only one experiencing them.
Here are 10 things only agronomists will understand.
1. Getting up early, but never going to bed at a respectable hour.
Four hours is a reasonable amount of sleep, right? Maybe not. On a rainy day, you might be able to squeeze in a few more hours, but sleep deprivation during planting season seems to be non-negotiable. Keep your sanity and motivation close, and your coffee closer.
Luckily, most of your friends have them too. When a rare beach day rolls along, the only ones who notice are frequent beach goers with crisp, uniform tans and even they can’t ruin your day off. However, a bad sunburn on your shoulders or back which haven’t seen daylight all summer, could be a painful reminder when you are back at work. So be sure to generously layer on sunscreen!
Many days it gets so hot you never turn your truck off, just so you can slide into that icebox immediately after finishing a field.
In an effort to battle the effects of dehydration and avoid sunburned lips, lip balm has become your new best friend. Tubes and containers of lip balm have proved to be the best option. Lip balm sticks are prone to melting when working in the hot sun all day.
Digging holes and taking population counts has done a number on your back, but at this point they’re just second nature. As a seven-year-old, you would have been thrilled to know that you get to play with shovels at work, but today you are not so sure.
Sack lunches are a delicacy, but food on the road is the reality. It took a while to stomach convenience store sandwiches and brats, but after a season of feasting on these bad boys, you’ve even found yourself craving them from time to time.
While the kids may be giddy from the fresh inch of the white fluffy stuff Mother Nature dumped down last night, all you’re thinking about are the newly planted fields and the tiny, helpless seeds just trying to germinate. Keep reassuring yourself that it will melt very shortly. It does always melt…right?
Dirt-staches lost their humor after they became a part of who you are on a daily basis. The best way to combat these for men is to grow a real one. For the women, just accept that nobody is ever going to tell you when you have one, but a routine pass across your face every hour or so ought to do the trick. Fear not, there’s no shame in the dirt-stache game.
Keeping busy can often distract from your bodily needs, but the one that always manages to stay at the front of your mind is thirst. The lesson here is that you will never regret packing too much water – even if it starts to feel more like bath water temperatures later in the day. And yet, no matter how much water you drink, you never seem to have to go to the bathroom.
While this time can be nice to wind down from the day, it can also lead to late-night caffeine consumption which can push bedtime even further away. Our advice: invest in a quality car stereo, a satellite radio subscription or a playlist of your favorite music and podcasts to make the drive home go quicker.