With the new age of technology, with all the phones and gadgets we use these days there was no doubt that farming would eventually change as well. Now I’m no farming expert but I’ve grown up on a farm, and I wanted to share some stories and my opinion on new farming technology.
My grandpa has been farming since he was young, and back then they didn’t have cabs on the tractors or combines, so that was great technology to get use to! Last harvest my grandpa got into a new state of the art John Deere tractor and was blown away. He was use to driving a rusty old red tractor that he had to fix every time before going out and that had bad reception on the barely working AM radio. This new tractor had a great radio and he barely had to drive, it had cruise control and all he had to do was turn the wheel when he got to the end of the field.
One of the hardest things I’ve experienced with farming has been loading the grain truck. You have to line it up perfectly and not let it overflow, make sure the grain isn’t coming out to fast, etc. It may have been stressful, but I had a lot fun with my grandpa and dad trying to figure it all out. When I heard about Automatic Grain Off Loading, I laughed, because it does everything by itself, the arm will move itself so it won’t overflow, it knows when to stop, etc.
I love technology and I think most things in life are better with it, but I also think some things should be left alone. Farming is a family business and I’m all for making a business flourish and if you really want to spent lots of money to cut down on a few minutes everyday because you’ll eventually make more money, then by all means get the new fancy gadgets, but remember why you started farming in the first place, was it to make money in a business like fashion, or was it because your dad or grandpa took you out on the field when you were young and you fell in love with it and want to continue the family business making money doing what you love with your family.
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