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At the mercy of the weather

Posted by Russel Higgins -

I woke this morning to the rumbling of the furnace, and was further reminded of variable Illinois April weather when I had to return to the house and get a heavier jacket before doing the morning chores. High winds for a second day have stopped most spray operations from taking place. This morning wind speed measured at the NIARC is averaging near 19 mph with gusts reaching 29 mph. We received our Green Star system several days ago and this afternoon Dave Lindgren is going to give me operating lessons. I know that many producers have embraced this technology for several years, but to actually let the tractor drive itself is a concept that astonishes me. Did grandpa ever envision touchscreens in the cab when he planted with his WD-45? I can only imagine what is in store for the next generation!


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