We all know what the weather is like living on a farm. And although you may want more rain, sometimes you don't want to drench the contents in the back of your truck. Here's a solution you may not have thought of yet.

When you purchase a tonneau to be used with your car or truck, one of your primary concerns may be how waterproof it actually is. If you are driving in the rain, and you have your belongings in the backseat, or in the bed of the truck, you want to make sure that they do not get wet. Here is a quick overview of how these work, and which ones you should consider getting if you want to make sure that everything in your vehicle covered by the tonneau will stay absolutely dry.

Every Farm boy Knows The Main Purpose Of Tonneaus

Most people have seen these on the back of pickups as they are driving along. Some of them are very stylish, made from a multitude of different materials including aluminum, fiberglass and even plastic. They can be seen on the back of convertibles, but regardless of which vehicle they are on, it is important to purchase one that can ultimately protect your belongings not only from theft, but from heavy rains that you may be driving through on a regular basis.

"BAK is one of the most popular brands of covers available on the market," according to a company in Southern Florida called Tonneau Covered. You can learn more about them by visiting the following resources:




Are They Waterproof?

All of the tonneaus that are made today are going to be waterproof. This is definitely true for those that are solid, sometimes made of combinations of aluminum and fiberglass. The material itself is not what you have to worry about. You need only be concerned about how snuggly it is able to fit. This might be a little more tricky with a convertible, but is certainly not a problem with the pickup truck. They are designed to fit tightly on the back, preventing any water from coming into the top or the sides. If you are purchasing one that is several hundred dollars, for a standard new pickup truck, they are designed to be a perfect fit. The only time that you will have any problems with leakage tend to be with those that are made of vinyl or leather. These are typically stored in a back compartment for the ones in the backseat, and in a final case in the front seat, for easy access. They tend to be made for most vehicles, but may not be designed for your specific car. Therefore, if you are using a soft tonneau for your convertible, this is where you may actually experience some leakage due to the way it fits and also the type of material that it is made of.

Tonneaus are often purchased for the purpose of show, not so much for being practical. People that are living in areas where rain or snow is infrequent will never have to worry about the waterproof aspects. However, if you do reside in a region where inclement weather is very common, you will want to make sure that your tonneau is a perfect fit. Otherwise, you may spend a few hundred dollars on one of these, but if it starts to leak, it could ruin your leather seats or the electronics on your vehicle. It's good to stop by a company that actually sells them so that they can help you choose the right one. They will also install it properly so that you will not have to worry about problems such as leakage. Just make sure that you are getting this from a reputable company, one that has quite a bit of positive feedback on the Internet. This will ensure that you are choosing to work with a company that has a track record for not only providing the best tonneaus in the industry, but that they are also known for installing these and creating a perfect fit.

We have a next door neighbor who is chicken-sitting for the summer. My wife wanted some eggs, and I did a bit of research before we accepted any. Because you can never be too safe :). But I figured you guys might also find this video about it do farm eggs have to be refrigerated also very insightful.

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While I was watching Despicable Me two or three, whichever the most recent movie was, I couldn't stand it at some point and had to stop. Of course my children enjoyed it, but the movie eventually degraded into nonsensical noises made by these little creatures called Minions. And to my surprise the creators made a great deal of organization to this language - do the minions in despicable me speak a language.

UPI shared a story about a couple in Ohio who created a giant Despicable Me out of what looks like a grain silo. What a great idea! I'd enjoy seeing that thing for the first couple weeks. Then I'm not sure how much I'd like it.

In a recent March 2016 column titled, Rosmann: What lies in store for agriculture in 2016?, Mike Rosmann painted a bleak seeming future for farmers this year. Based on diminishing markets, weather, and numerous reports from many people involved in agriculture.

Earlier this year, Southwest Farm Press also echoed a poor outlook for 2016. The perspective they took just two months ago was clear,

"This mix of federal fiscal news suggests a mixed projection for U.S. ag in 2016. A slowing of federal spending may put the skids on farm program support, in spite of 2014 farm bill promises."

The projections on 2016 seem to look dim for just about everyone else but Hillview Farm NJ. At least it's safe to say that we don't often come across people who are optimistic about the year.

What's more interesting is how this seems to be the norm year to year. Hearing doom and gloom that is. In reality, it's not necessarily based on the weather, the economy, or other factors.

Take for example the overlooked rise of farming drones in recent years. It used to be quite expensive to get an agricultural drone system up and running. However, in just the last 2-3 years, the price has dropped significantly.

Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage. Source: MIT Technology Review

The reality is this. Many farmers who jump into advanced agricultural monitoring will gain a tremendous amount of data they didn't once have. And this could make a night and day difference for the farmers who do embrace and adapt to technology.

It could result in an economic impact unlike we've ever seen in the history of agriculture, and the world as a whole.

What do you think? Are we living in the times right before a breakthrough occurs in agriculture? Could reality be the doom and gloom reports are all thinking within an old norm - making predictions based on the agricultural infrastructure of yesterday.