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As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.
A customer nailed me with a really tough question the other day. He asked, "If I turn off all my GPS, autosteer and other high-tech stuff, and don't have to pay for satellite subscriptions, software updates and for you to come out and calibrate and fix all that expensive stuff next year, will my net profits be higher or lower at the end of 2019?" He shook his head and said, "I'm half-afraid that my net profits will actually be a little better."
He raised a good question that I had to think long and hard about before I posted it on here. I honestly don't know the answer.
Not using the gadgetry and paraphernalia will save some but if you REALLY want to see a benefit, get rid of the stuff and STOP buying it when you purchase machinery. Now, it will require some "skill" to farm again but that's why we call farming a "profession". Let's be genuine farmers again and quit being peons!
I actually think the guy is correct.
pay attention to
what your doing,,
and quit listening to the people in the coffee shops.
If you just turn off the radio, silence the smart phone and pay attention and DRIVE, I believe you could be $$$ ahead. I am sure you will be much more tired at the end of the day but it could pay.