[Question:] "Let's talk about some of the changes that have happened in farming in the last 20 or 30 years."
     "Huge equipment. Big, big equipment. Before it used to be if you had a four-row piece of equipment, that's pretty good. Then you got to six, then you get to eight, then you get to 12.
     "One day this summer I was driving by, and our neighbor was planting corn. And he was on the roadside filling up with fertilizer. And I stopped and I said, 'Did you land that B-52 yet?'
     "And he said, 'What are you talking about?
     "I said, 'That corn planter.' He had a 24-row corn planter just pulled off to the side and he was filling up his tanks.
     "And he said, 'You know, I've noticed it's a little bit harder to turn, but,' he said, 'I get done a lot faster.' That is the big thing. We've just gotten into such big, big equipment. And whether it be in the combine field – Tractors. I mean, I know so many people that got front-wheel assist [with power to the front and rear wheels]. Maybe they need them, I don't know. But I mean, they're huge! They're just huge. They put them on planters. They put them on cultivators. Whatever. It's the huge equipment that they're coming up with. You know, the dealers, or the manufacturers I should say, are the ones building them. As long as they're going to sell them they're going to keep building them."

Hank Kobza – Huge Farm Equipment


Excerpts from Hank Kobza’s Interview:

Logic of Large Farms
After Hank's Last Harvest
Hank's Auction Business
Women in Agriculture
Living in the Country
Internet Over Encyclopedias