[Question:] "So, how much has machinery changed from the 70s to today?"
     "Well, it's continued to get a lot bigger. As well as, the comforts have been so much improved. The cabs and the controls, they're – We always say they're way more suited now to everybody running it, whether it be a younger [person] or wives included. The controls are easier to run, easier to understand. But they have continued to get bigger. We have gone to covering a lot more acres with the same amount of machinery but a lot wider equipment, and faster.
     "The technology is coming along where with the GPS systems that will help guide the tractor for more accuracy of spraying and planting and cultivating. We're just starting into that, looking at that, but that's definitely here to stay…
     "Well, it's that global positioning, so it can have within an inch of accuracy of where that tractor is positioned in the field. And some people say, 'Why do you need that much accuracy in a cornfield?' But you want repeatability so that tractor is on that same row and can cultivate and plant in that same spot year after year. Now the, like the variable rate fertilizing is something that's been around and is coming along – and I think GPS will bring that faster, will bring that technology to us faster – is that maybe there's areas in that field that can handle more fertilizer for more production and areas that maybe never ever will amount to have increased production. We can limit the fertilizer in those areas and we can pinpoint that area within (like I say) within an inch of accuracy. That could definitely – not only for efficiency but as well as for environmental purposes – very much fine tune what we're putting on and then what we're harvesting from that field."

Mark Kaliff – Equipment Innovation


Excerpts from Mark & Valerie’s Interview:

Farms Growing Bigger
The Bust of the 80s
Government Subsidies
Women on the Farm
Rural Lifestyles Today
Mysteries in the Country
Growing Monocultures
Efficiencies with Pivots
Mining Groundwater
Tractor Technology
Conservation Tillage
Computers on the Farm