"and to think that some in society think that farmers are not too bright...really"
I'm here to tell you that anyone who thinks the above statement is true needs to sit in on one of these meetings, and that person would most definitely change his/her tune! I walked in to the morning session one hour late UGH! (I thought it started at 9:00!), and I was the only girl (not a real big surprise but still very duck-out-of-waterish!). So then I realize, after listening to the conversations of the other four farmers, that I was WAY out of my comfort zone on the terminologies! MERCY! Ok Lana, Breathe! Listen! Focus! Ask Questions (but try to sound too lost). The guys were great, and the JD guys there to help us were very patient. Of course I sat at the computer that would NOT stop making a "SQUACK" every time I pushed a wrong button or did something out of order! UGH!
Speaking of buttons, this is what the inside of a combine looks like these days!
The outside is all bright and shiny thanks to our nephew and a FEW cans of wax. This is our second year with this combine.
This is the monitor that you can plug information into right from your seat. Up at the top left of this screen is where you insert the card that carries all the IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
MORE MONITERS! I'm not sure what they all do.........YET! The orange/yellow control makes the combine go forward.
Above is a closer look at the vertical monitors. Below are even more buttons! I think I can figure out what the bunnies and turtle buttons do, but the others and the ones NOT marked are making me worry!
At the end of the first session, I decided I would come back for a repeater course in the afternoon. I tried to get Tall Guy to go with me this time, but he had a roof to fix or something. As I was leaving he was in HIS CHAIR "resting" until his dad came back out!
The afternoon session was much more my speed. Everyone was within one year of using this program, so we all had similar questions and abilities. This program can generate like a bazillion different maps and reports based on the information you pulg into the data fields. What our very dear John Deere guy kept telling me is to go home and play with it. The more you do, be it right or wrong, the more you will learn. I think he is absolutely right, but it's a bit scary to be playing with all this information and NOT mess it up! It's truly mind-boggling to imagine all that you can do!
So if you have friends who think of farmers as people who worked on "Hee Haw" during their off-time, send them to my blog, and I will set them straight. You have to know more than how to cal BR549 to work the farm equipment these days. It is not for the faint of brain!