big..i think you just have a grudge because of comments i've made concerning you.
From what the local deere dealer has told us we're looking at a hefty repair bill...they welded a bunch of stuff this summer so we can get by this year and bring it in this winter so they can start working on it. I know your probably thinking "save money and do it yourself"...the problem is we dont have a forklift, overhead crane, the specialty tools im sure you'd use 1 time if you did it yourself, etc. So we just pay the dealer we've done business with for the past 60years to do it for us, and they take care of us when we have problems.
The 19 thing, it seems like everyone thinks that someone who is younger than, lets say 25 has no clue what their doing. I love it personally, im not saying i know everything about farming...i know more than probably most my age do for spring/fall seasons, but as the business aspect goes i'm clueless which is why im still working full-time under my dad and not him working for me. he's teaching me a certain area every year, and in 5-6 years when he hands the farm over, i'll have a solid idea of what it takes to run an operation and the financial responsibility that goes along with it.
I'm not saying more farmers aren't switching over to autosteer either, but im dead serious that only one person in our county currently uses an autosteer device. There are alot of lightbars out there, i have one on order that will hopefully come in before tillage starts in 2 weeks. I understand that sub-inch accuracy is great, especially for larger operations because it saves alot more time and fuel (the king ranch for example)...but what does it mean at the end of the field? you got to plant 3 more rows of corn and saved $15 in diesel?
Maybe its because i am a young farmer and have more energy, but with fall tillage i'm out there until 3-4am slowly but surely making my 18' passes one at a time until the fields are done. I find it more peaceful to run that late at night, as soon as 8pm comes the phone calls finally seem to stop and its just the tractor, 3/4mile rows, and my ipod tearing up the earth. Sure i get out of the tractor to give me a bit of a wakeup of the frigid yet soothing air and relieve myself
but i dont mind.
I input average costs...with my labor, overlapping 4ft in the spring, and 2ft in the fall (the crumbler is 1.5ft shorter than the farthest disc leveler, so i know if it was next to the already tillaed ground its overlapped roughly 2ft. With the last tank of diesel we had filled at $2.40/gallon it came out to an annual savings of $677 and 8hrs of labor.
I'm not sure about seed cost, and we don't put any of our own chemicals on except for aztec in the spring when we plant.