Texas Farmer Plays Technology Offense, Saving Him From Costly Repair

December 17, 2018 12:47 PM

Technology continues to drive agriculture, and at times, creates some pretty interesting stories along the way. That's the case for a farm outside of Lubbock, Tex. Farmer Jeffrey Kitten was able to recently play offense on an issue, before it snowballed into something larger, potentially keeping him out of the field at a critical time. 

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Scottsboro, AL
12/18/2018 05:04 PM

  This is the second in a series which seem to be sponsored by JD. These seem to be telling us that we're better off not servicing our own equipment and that the JD "lock out the user, he's too dumb to work on JD" is the best strategy. The first of these that I saw had a machine that apparently some one was turning on in the middle of the night. As a result of this it was discovered that the machine had a potential issue. The JD dealer came to the rescue. In the second one the JD dealer detects a problem with a seal on the injector pump while the sprayer is sitting at night. Apparently this seal was failing on all similar equipment. (Should this be a recall or do you just work these one at a time and charge each customer until you get caught) There are numerous problems. 1. Most of us would like our machinery to be off when we command it off. The idea that the computer is collecting data and sending it to someone may be uncomfortable. The collected data may be available when this guy says he didn't run over his wife with his sprayer (or spray dicamba or pesticides illegally). Or it could incorrectly indicate such. We don't know what information the computer is collecting or when. 2. If our machine is collecting data, it is our data. We should have free access to the data. Moreover it should not be encoded so that only JD can comprehend it. 3. JD should not have free access to our data unless we knowingly provide it. We paid for the computer and ancillary equipment and paid for the operation of the machine while the data was collected. 4. When JD or any other entity puts a communication device on a piece of equipment and makes it so they can use it at will, they must then bear the responsibility for intrusion by a third party as appeared to be the case in the first propaganda piece.


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