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Technology in the Ag world

Your Farm Business

December 10, 2010
From Wayne Schoper and Rich Baumann, South Central College

Technology has been on a steep upwards trajectory in agriculture for many years. Take a look at where machinery has gone in the last 50 years or so. Tractors in 1960 were very functional and many are still in use today. However, they did not have any of the technology available today. You can get tractors with automatic steering, GPS capability and the list goes on. To be sure, there is a very high price tag for this technology, but some investment is needed to keep up with modern farm production. The tractors of 1960 served their purpose to be a portable power unit. High tech at that time might involve a radio or some sort of sun shade. But they were definitely a step up from previous years as many of them had new technology such as live power takeoff and live hydraulics. I remember when power steering came onto the market. I learned how to cultivate with a front-mounted cultivator on a John Deere Model A with no power steering. It was a muscle building exercise just to turn the machine around at the end of the row.

 
 

 

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