Some fun facts that I learned:
- Modern farming equipment is HUGE!
- It’s not cheap. One tractor with an attachment can be half a million dollars!
- Agriculture is VERY technological. The equipment tracks every single seed planted. GPS allows for very straight rows - 30 inches apart. Next year, you split the difference and it’s within one inch of accuracy.
- Everything is automated too. Whether you’re going 1 MPH or 10 MPH, output is even. In cases of fertilizer where you might need more or less in a given area, you can pre-map that out and the equipment follows suit. It even auto-steers!
- Aside from obvious challenges like weather and pests, farmers face many other difficulties such as high costs and low revenue; the dangers of moving equipment in the presence of impatient drivers; drainage of dense Pennsylvania soil; legislative issues and more.
- This may not be the case with every farm, but the Stuchals actually rent land from more than 70 different people. The 2,200+ acres they farm are spread over multiple counties. Just managing landlords sounds like a huge job!
- This may be just me, but when I think of corn, I think of corn on the cob. Their corn is actually used mainly for ethanol.
- Oddly, radishes can smell like natural gas when they freeze.
Cory was filled with stats and information - even a PowerPoint presentation and drone footage. Which reminds me of another fun fact: drones are very helpful for farmers. Rather than walk every single acre, they can get in there with a camera and then only walk to trouble spots.
Agriculture is a very important lesson to learn. Farmers produce our food, and so much more. It’s not an easy job, but somebody’s gotta do it!