From the Gas Pump to the Field


Gas prices are somethin’ we’re all concerned about. We go to the gas station and complain about how much it costs to fill up the tank. If you’re like me, it cost quite a bit to fill up and that’s in my 28 MPG Toyota! However, that hasn’t always been the case for me. I drove an F-350, white, flatbed truck with hay spikes on the back for the past year.  Imagine a little 5’5″, blonde hair, blue eyed sorority girl driving that…. funny I know, my friends thought so too. While it was NOT my favorite thing to drive around Stillwater, it gave me a greater appreciation for how much money  ranchers put in their trucks just to make sure their livelihood runs as smoothly as possible.

Many people view ranchers as “southern, redneck hicks” that like to play in the dirt and mess with “cows.” That could not be farther from the truth. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and money to be a successful rancher. One thing that you must have is what we dub as a “farm truck.” While farm trucks vary from person to person on brands, makes, and such, they’re fundamentally all the same: THEY’RE USED TO TAKE CARE OF CATTLE.

If a rancher is successful and has a substantial amount of land and cattle, it takes a lot of time in the truck to make sure everything is running like it should.  The gas milage on these trucks are not that great. If you were to get 12 miles per gallon, that’d be amazing and unheard of.  Depending on the truck, it could take more than $150 to fill up. Some ranchers fill up more than once a week! So remember, next time you fill up at your tank, be grateful you don’t have a farm truck!


About macebwilson

Hi! I'm a 20-year-old college student at Oklahoma State University. I came from a very small town in central Oklahoma and all my friends think I "live in the boonies." I love sports, music, friends, family, and God! I like to think I have an unique outlook on what it's like to move from the small town to the city, or at least as much as you can call Stillwater the city.

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