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Requisite skills

There are a number of visions for the future of farming, none likely to be completely right, but one aspect that will be part of that future is autonomous technology. One increasing barrier to farming is finding staff.

Calvin Daniels

February 16, 2024

The modern tractor, combine, or sprayer is a technological marvel with an amazing capacity to collect data and cover ground. Sit in a modern combine cab, and it reminds me more of a spaceship than the tractors of my youth.

Overlay that with the investment in a large piece of equipment; a four-wheel drive tractor or a new combine will chew through nearly $1 million, and you need a highly skilled operator. That translates into a situation of finding qualified operators and then affording those with the requisite skills is a challenge. So, producers must be watching the emergence of autonomous technology.

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