"You don't have to be educated to be a good farmer, you just drive down the road and you see the good crop and then you ask the guy how he raised it. Then you're on your way. When it's new, people, farmers are really slow in accepting it. It takes time. But there's always some people that have been using it for awhile and find out it works and then the next guy uses it too."
     Question: "So your neighbors will talk to you about what works for them?"
     "Oh, yeah. That's what they talk about all the time, you might say. They can look at the field and see why it looks different, and then wonder why."
     Question: "Where do you compare notes? Do you go to a local eatery and sit down and compoare notes with your neighbors?"
     "Oh, not so much. I've had, two of the boys have attended University of Nebraska, and if I want to know something I'll ask them. And that's a better source than some of these guys. Or even up at the bar. The guys that exchange information there it isn't hardly worth anything, especially after they've had four drinks or more. But if they're entertaining so much for it. It's not a very good place of learning, the local bar."
     Question: "Okay. It's better at the field days and those kinds of things?"
     "Yeah that's correct. Or talk to someone that has been educated in that particular field. Agricultural colleges, they lead us in this. They do research an experiments, and most farmers will follow that."

William Luebbe – Learning New Technology


Other Excerpts from William Luebbe’s Interview:

Korea & Vietnam
Television in the 50s, 60s
Minimum Tillage
50s Drought
The First Pivots