In the 1940s my father purchased a tractor and two row planter, with which he could do more than double acres in a day than he did with Donny and Sal. By the 1970s, we were using a bigger tractor and 12 row planter which could easily do 100 acres in a day.
This spring I will jump into the fields just as early as Dad did. Yet in the 4 AM chilly darkness, I will hitch the power of not just two, but 260 horses to a shiny, green 32-row planter. With this planter I can plant 250 acres a day. Both Dad’s plow and his single-row planter with a check wire have long been retired. Thanks to advancements which make no-till or very little tilling feasible, I can skip Dad’s painstaking steps of leveling the field and preparing the soil. Not only does this save precious time, but it also allows me to conserve the soil and reduce fuel usage. Plus, no-till increases the quality of water runoff and leaves a smaller carbon footprint. The planter I will hitch to my tractor includes technology my dad could probably never have dreamt of! It monitors seed placement, seed depth, seed population, and more. It can even vary the population mid-field according to productivity of the soil! Although I am needed to oversee everything in the cab, once in the field the tractor navigates itself through the field using GPS precision to utilize every possible inch and maximize yields. All this technology helps farmers like me reduce cost and boost productivity, so food prices remain low to you, the US consumer. With all this advancement, I wonder what the next 50 years will bring.
When you buy directly from us, you are receiving the benefit of this and other amazing technology that allows us to care for our land and livestock responsibly. We pass both savings AND quality on to you at our Country Cupboard Store, located right on our farm near Donahue. We hope you enjoy our great selection of our farm-raised beef, pork, cheese, and eggs!