An interesting dialog caught my attention, if only for its perverse ramifications. In order to justify our negotiating position for rents farmers are arguing how long it takes them to grow a crop.
Let's do the engineer thing and throw a few real numbers at this discussion as opposed to words. This is a crude spreadsheet I used to calculate how many minutes of in-the-tractor-seat time I spent to grow stuff. (Sorry, this formats weird when I post it)
|Field Labor Requirements 2007|
|Cultivating||200||3.00||Harvesting (2 op.)||100||12.00|
|Harvesting (2 operators)||60||20.00|
|Chiseling (50% of ground)||80||3.75|
|Corn Total||39.83||Minutes||Beans total||18.38|
|Corn acres||980||Bean acres||740|
|Corn time||650.6||hrs.||Bean time||226.6|
|Misc (mowing etc.)||40.0|
If it wasn't obvious, the totals are about 40 minutes for corn and 18 for beans. Your results - as they say - may vary. The purpose of this spreadsheet is to help me make the numbers smaller.
Now this accounting does not include support operations - accounting, marketing, maintenance, etc., but I don't think that is what guys were talking about.
My point is when we brag about how much time it takes us to do our job, we have slipped to the wrong side of the "what's the point" decision.