If there is ever a down-side to being the small producer, it is…well…being the SMALL producer.
Sometimes, it seems like no one takes you seriously. Our operation has often been referred to in a disparaging way...The Boss' tractor deemed "cute" on more than one occasion.
When the “big guys” buy a new piece of equipment, a lot of folks take notice. Heck, I take notice. New tractors get everybody’s attention!
I just checked prices of new John Deere equipment. …and no, I didn’t check any other brands…tractors are just supposed to be GREEN! J A new JD tractor with all the bells and whistles can cost anywhere from around $40,000 to $400,000. Harvesters and other equipment can be even more costly. While they look awesome sitting out there…and do some amazing and truly necessary work, the thought of that kind of payment gives me major nightmares. But, they sure look good!
Back to the real world…
(For the record, those big tractors would be useless around here…they are just TOO big.)
This has been the year of the replacements around here. We’ve been doing this long enough that I guess we’re just due… But, honestly, it seems like EVERYTHING needs fixing or replacing. No, take that back…the tractor is okay. That is only because it had to spend some quality time in the shop LAST year. We do need to get the tractor bucket fixed, but I am trying not to think about that right now.
First Troy up and quit on us. The Boss finally gave up on the whole repair deal with that one and sold it part and parcel, new engine included, to Mechanic SiL “T-bone”. He was thrilled and got it running. It has developed further “issues”. But, it’s gone from the Hill…
And NO, that really doesn't do a whole lot for our “real farmer” image. But, it fills our needs and we were able to pay CA$H.
Once the Boss got this new tiller into the garden, he began to wonder WHY he ever bought and used the other brand. The soil is so amazingly fine (in texture) after using the BCS. We are converts!
Okay, solved that issue! …but then…
That EQUIPMENT purchase was done on-line, and FedEx dropped it at the top of the lane. Does it say something about your operation when your newest “equipment “acquisition fits in a box smaller than the dog? …and the wife can carry it back down the driveway? Oh, yeah…you’re a SMALL producer!
Our machine shed may look like a toy box to some folks. But, these