Another feeling digitized...
The recurring theme of my life has been the increasing reduction of sensations to digital electronic form. That a string of ones and zeroes could capture a Beethoven sonata or a photograph of a sunset was remarkable enough.
But we're seeing this translation move into the field. Already we can locate with digital signals (GPS). Now we can begin to quantify experiences that used to require muscle-memory and repetition to judge accurately.
For example, I have been pondering this spring how to explain the myriad judgment calls that setting the planter properly entails. Guaging the condition of the soil, observing the nature of the trench formed by the openers, adjusting for different fields and soils, etc. Viewed from a distance, it must sound like a mystic skill involving runes and ancient magic.
But at the advice of a friend we just added this new monitor for my JD 1790 planter.
[Look - I realize Precision Planting advertises with FJ and has a infomercial on Channel 225 right after our shows, but I had ordered this thing long before I knew about that.]
The point is how much this will help Aaron. Trust me - he can do digital. And instead of learning the hard way and having listen to me struggle to put into words how to adjust down-pressure for example, he will have a much shorter learning curve.
This is the new paradigm for farm equipment operation, I think. Senses replaced with sensors; "feel" with readouts.
We'll let you know our experiences as soon as possible. And after Aaron gets it installed. (The silly beginner - he's reading the instructional manual!)