- “I couldn’t even connect to the computer. Because John Deere says I can’t.”
- “Most problems can’t be solved with duct tape and baling wire anymore…What used to be done by hand is now managed at scale by giant machines…they’ve introduced new problems.”
- “Aside from using it, there’s not much you can do with modern ag equipment. When it breaks or needs maintenance, farmers are dependent on dealers and manufacturer technicians – a hard pill to swallow for farmers, who have been maintaining their own equipment since the plow.”
- “Tellingly, the price of and demand for older tractors (without all the digital bells and whistles) has picked up.”
- “The dealer-repair game is just too lucrative for manufacturers to cede any control back to farmers.”
- “It’s entirely possible that changing the engine timing on his own tractor makes a farmer a criminal…Even if he could, would it be legal for Dave to fix his machine? Right now, we don’t know; and that ambiguity is disturbing.”
- “…farmers are starting to go open source…Dorn Cox co-founded Farm Hack”
I personally dislike the idea that the chain of technology that turns natural resources into nutrients has big, proprietary secrets in it. That feels a little like extortion. Yeah, it’s hyperbole, but surviving and thriving deserves a bit of hyperbole.