Glasses and a pointy stick

Last spring, I was able to put another tick mark in my quest to drive every piece of equipment on the farm. The celery transplanter is guided by the same system that leads all the tractors: a painted stick at the end of the field and up-to-date prescription glasses.


The size and scale of the operation doesn’t justify a GPS program. I’m proud to say a day and an acre later, my rows were nearly indistinguishable from the more experienced driver. Excuse me while I pat myself on the back.


I recognize that there are operations too large to operate efficiently without an integrated GPS program. There are also those who lack the ability to drive straight on a consistent enough basis, and the idea of having to seed and then harvest comes with dread. However, learning how to drive a planter without the use of technology is just as valuable a skill as doing math without a calculator.


This isn’t going in the direction of doomsday predictions of satellites falling from the sky. I’m talking about the dinky, odd-shaped corner field where it takes longer to set the computer for the first row than it does to whip the seeder through it. Technology is useful, but basic operator knowledge has to be present as well. Because no one wants to have to explain this:

Publish date: 
Monday, May 9, 2016

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