My 11-year-old came to me about a month or so ago and said, “Mom, you have to see this video. It’s so funny.” I then sat through a YouTube video that many other parents have had to sit through recently, Ylvis’ “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say).” I was completely mystified about its appeal, but with over 230 million YouTube views, it obviously has some sort of appeal to young kids.

Farmer Derek Klingenberg has created a parody of the video that’s gone a little viral itself. The video's 2-plus million views have a long way to go to reach the original’s popularity, but for a video about what farmers do, the numbers are pretty good.

Klingenberg isn’t the first farmer to parody a viral video. Last year, the Peterson Bros, three young farmers from Kansas, parodied “Gangnam Style” with a video called “Farmer Style” and the song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” with a video called “I’m Farming and I Grow It.”

The original videos and songs that these parodies come from might make parents want to put in earplugs after the third or fourth time they come blaring from their kids’ rooms. If they lead to kids watching the parody videos, though, and they learn something about what farmers do with their days and where food actually comes from, the originals might serve a greater purpose after all.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

'What Does the Farmer Say?' parodies inexplicable, viral 'The Fox’ video
You've heard the original blaring from your kids' room over and over. Now watch the parody that might teach your kid a thing or two about real food.