A boost in productivity

Advancements in technology have made some aspects of farming much easier.  But, central Illinois farmer Judi Graff says there isn’t one piece she couldn’t live without.  “There are just so many that make life so much easier on the farm,” she says.  “You’ve got the mapping and the auto-steer.  You can live without those, but it just wouldn’t be as fun.”

But what happens when that technology breaks down? Graff says she doesn’t stop just to get it working again.  “I just keep going,” she says.

Central Nebraska farmer Zach Hunnicutt says they try to make sure everything is in working order before they get started to reduce the amount of down time.  “There are times where you get to the point where you wonder what kind of trade-off you’re making when you lose productive hours trying to fix things,” he says.  “We usually try to just make sure things are working.”

Adam Casner farms in Western Missouri.  He says they need to have the technology to run some things – but if it breaks down in other areas on the farm, he won’t let it stop them.  “Our planter tractor is hydraulic driven so we do need a monitor to control rates,” he says.  “But as far as the combine – we don’t let that stop us.  Last fall, cutting beans, we had a yield sensor go out and we didn’t have anything – but we kept going.”

And while technology is nice to have – he says it isn’t a necessity.

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