The rapid spread of the avian flu across the Unites States has been cause for concern for a lot of farmers and consumers. I can’t help but wonder whether wide-spread adoption of data collection and sharing by poultry farmers could have helped stop the spread of the avian flu. Most of the focus on farm data the past few months has been on the impact on corn, soybean, wheat, canola, and cotton farmers. I keep wondering when the big data solutions for livestock farmers will appear.
Friday, May 29, 2015
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It may not be enumerated in the Bill of Rights, but the Right to Tinker with farm machinery is well embedded in America’s rural culture. I grew up a first-hand witness to farm tinkering. I still remember when my dad and Uncle Herman thought it would be a good idea to “marry” a header from a John Deere chopper onto a Farmhand silage cutter. Farmhand made a good harvester, but a lousy header. With some farm-engineering and a lot of welding, a new Farmhand/Deere silage cutter was created. The machine wasn't perfect, but it cut a lot of silage. It was the epitome of tinkering.