ROTFL ... Leon's Tundra is equipped thusly. Her name is "Hilda". We used her
on recent trip with our wife's to AR to, among other things, scout out and
bring back some walnut. I've gotta admit, Hilda has a somewhat dry humor and
is an excellent companion/accessory when everyone else is sleeping, but she
and I differed often drastically on the best way to get from Texas to
... "recalculating, recalculating, recalcu....."
Speaking of accents, wife managed to fool around and convert the thing
to British English and metric and couldn't figure out how to get it
back. So all the way home "in 1.7 kilometers shift left, then turn
left", by a very formal British female.
I kind of liked her better.
I'm rather fond of turning right when it says turn left and its inevitable
plea to "make a legal U turn".....recently on a road trip, while going over
a high snow covered two lane Mt. pass it told me to turn right, in fact it
insisted and then of course repeatedly told me to make a legal U
turn...there was no side road just hills, valleys and 6-10 ft of snow piled
on the shoulders. In print on the screen it also identified the 50-100 mile
road as a trail.....Your Hilda has inspired a needed name for the
gizmo....possibly Wrong way Wanda. Rod
Sit tight, GPS has invaded the farm.
Drive around the field in the P/U, lock in the coordinates, then load
data into puter on board tractor.
You now have auto pilot control for the tractor while planting or
harvesting the crop.
Our ranchers (lessees) have had them installed on their workhorse John
Deere tractors. I don't know what the payback period will turn out to be
but they expect them to pay for themselves in fertilizer and chemical NOT
used due to duplicating and/or overlapping.
And, it's not as new as you would think. When GPS for ag use first came
on the scene a few years back I read that with comprehensive soil testing
and GPS mapping a farmer can program his equipment to put varying amounts of
[say] fertilizer in different parts of the same field(s).
Dave in Houston
Go figgur. Diesel is the cheap shit.
It's not just the diesel. Most all that fertilizer and all those
chemicals are petroleum based.
About a month ago, Mr. K., aforementioned lessee, advised as how he'd
bought a 1000 gallons of farm diesel (zero taxes) and paid $ 3.72/gal. They
sometimes burn a 100 gallons a day for several days running and they're
relatively small time. I'm sure it's up another 20 cents or so since.
Dave in Houston
During WWII, my dad delivered gasoline to farmers.
Gasoline was strictly rationed.
During planting or harvest, a farmer burned a lot of fuel, the rest of
the year not much fuel was needed.
Years later, dad would tell me stories about how he played games with
gas stamps to insure his customers got gasoline when they needed it.
That's a pretty narrow outlook, Lew.
In addition to planting there's cultivating, weed spraying, fertilizing.
Then there's combining and transportation of the yield to it's market.
After which most farming methods I know of call for plowing the remaining
While those fields are laying fallow [our ranchers anyway] are cutting
and then baling hay for cold season cattle feed. On our ranch they plant
wheat in December and corn around the first of March. The wheat gets
combined in May and the corn in July. In addition to the 380 +/- acres
they till on our ranch they have several hundred of their own and a couple
of hundred more they lease.
Between planting they likely will turn the dirt at least once as a form
of weed control and/or to make ready for the next planting.
Rest of the year my ass, Lew.
Stick to subjects you know something about.
Dave in Houston
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