The world is changing fast. In the 1930s, before the advent of modern combines, an American farmer would spend nine hours harvesting 100 bu. of corn. Today, he or she gets that much done in just a few minutes—from the comfort of a GPS-directed combine.
That and a long list of other technological advancements during the past several decades have changed agriculture, turning our nation from the agrarian society it was in my grandparents’ time to the global industrial force it is today.
Looking back, it’s easy to feel dizzy from the velocity of progress. Looking forward, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of what’s to come, whether it be big data, driverless machinery or other wireless wonders that promise to do for us what the modern combine did for generations before us.
That’s why we’re focusing this magazine on machinery and technology. Explore new input management tools. Imagine actually using some of the driverless iron you’ll read about. But start by learning how to tackle the task one step at a time. Yes, the world is changing fast, just as it did in my grandparents’ time. Let’s do what they did and learn how to turn change into opportunity.