OK! My Old Man (MOM) (ROM's, one and only son!
) Will put his 2 cents in! (can we afford that at the moment ROM???
We've bit though a bit of a tough patch (13 years+) farming wise, and I can see no light at the end of the tunnel.
So the thinking about all this fantastic electronic stuff that helps us (whens its working!!) to be waaaay more productive (When it rains!
We currently have to "hang on" to this "Old Gear" much longer than any of us would like!
And that's the main point here!
If and when the world has a food shortage and I mean a real shortage!!! Then we farmers will get a proper price for our produce.
Then theses farm machinery electronic advancements will be much more easily afforded by us the grower to help with production, when the world is in a food shortage situation! And will be very much needed to produce food at alarming rates!!!! (World will fight over water first, then food next!) ( and we will need this old eletroninc gear to be very reliable for "us" busted a** cockys to get some food production happening!)
They keep telling us our time will come, But! Only then, will we be regarded in this country (Australia/world) as a MUST HAVE INDUSTRY!
But, Ive been told this all my life and still carn't see if we will be ever be rewarded for our contribution to the world's standard of living.
(regarded as peasants)
Fighting weather, biological system (grain production) and government/society views on us. "whinging farmers" as one of these things has to change very quickly.
Otherwise it wont be me buying any new electro controlled equipment (As much as I Loooove my gadgets!
To you guys that have plenty of water and sub soil moisture, Live it up! Consolidate and reduce your exposure!
As 13 years of scraping by year to year, has us at this point to most likely, never seeing a new machine on the place again!
As I believe us Ozzie farmers are subsidizing our society and export markets food requirements at current levels of production and price!
Will primary producers be respected in my life time? I'm beginning to doubt it!
Could a big MN company run my current farm any better than me! May be a little bit!( Due to my lack of motivation currently!) But they carn't do anymore than me, with out water!
Sorry MOM to high jack your thread, But regardless of what big manufacturers do, we don't have that much influence to their direction, unless the world get a nasty shock one day, and discovers that there's nobody producing enough food anymore!
Rolf, (ROM's son)