Message from JesseJames in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #farming


2018-06-08 11:30:16 UTC  

Right, but there must be some advantages and disadvantages, or else both wouldn't exist

2018-06-08 11:43:15 UTC  

Certainly. Tracks don’t go flat. Also it is supposed to offer more traction. But that is debatable. There are more failure points with tracks because of mor moving parts. The tracks are heavier and more expensive.

2018-06-08 12:12:13 UTC  

@Jacob tracks handle mud better and like Jesse said they don't go flat. That picture I responded to him with is a deer antler in the tire of one of our seed carts. That might be good for him but it really sucks for me. A flat tire can take hours to get fixed especially when you are in the middle of a field 30 miles from the nearest town. Also I don't know if it's a function of the tracks or just the fact that the tractor is much newer, but the quadtrac has by far the smoothest ride of any tractor I've driven.

2018-06-08 12:14:59 UTC  

This looks fun

2018-06-08 12:19:22 UTC  

I enjoy it a lot, but I work between 12 and 17 hours a day and weekends are not guaranteed days off. This job is also pretty dangerous so it's definitely not for everyone.

2018-06-08 12:20:00 UTC  

How physically intensive is it?

2018-06-08 12:24:56 UTC  

I've worked double shifts at Dairy Queen. Not fun.

2018-06-08 12:25:37 UTC  

It can vary. Days when we level bins are extremely physically intensive. Imagine moving several tons of corn or sunflowers inside a 80° bin with only a scoop shovel. There are also days where I sit in an air conditioned cab and the only workout I get is climbing up and down from the tractor.

2018-06-08 12:28:06 UTC  

Maybe being forced to do something like that would help me

2018-06-08 12:28:56 UTC  

@Der Seeteufel - SD Yeah I have eight gears; one high/low stick and one four gear stick

2018-06-08 12:47:47 UTC  

@Jacob there's also one more thing that you should consider before moving out to a place like this. The isolation. I see the same 10 people every day and hardly anyone else. I grew up here so I'm used to it, but it can literally drive people crazy. Also very few potential GFs. I actually can't remember the last time I even saw an eligible woman. I'm 26 and the only single girl I know around here is 16.

2018-06-08 12:48:57 UTC  

It’s odd you claim the tracks ride better because that is normally a complaint people have of the tracks is they do not ride as good. @Jacob farm work builds character and is good for you.

2018-06-08 12:50:12 UTC  

How I spend a lot of my time.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/453241577062662146/454628210999558155/image.jpg

2018-06-08 12:54:28 UTC  

The only other tractor that size I have driven is this 9380 and honestly the difference might just be in the seat. This tractor is about 20 yrs older.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/453241577062662146/454629288247820299/20180608_075224.jpg

2018-06-08 13:29:03 UTC  

Seats make a huge difference.
Since you posted that photo I just wanted to let you know it is a huge pain to work on those. Seems like the outside tire is never the one that goes flat and you always have to take the outside wheels off to work on the inside.

2018-06-08 13:32:59 UTC  

I have zero potential GFs right now, so the number can't go down lol

2018-06-08 13:33:45 UTC  

I'm an only child and grew up in a small family, so I don't think I would mind being around the same 10 people every day

2018-06-08 13:46:03 UTC  

@Jacob lmaoing at the comparison between farmwork and DQ

2018-06-08 13:50:10 UTC  

@Der Seeteufel - SD bro, that's so cool that your cousin hires white people at decent wages instead of undercutting the American workforce with cheap Mexicans

2018-06-08 13:52:57 UTC  

We don't have many Mexicans up here and they can't operate equipment like ours and everyone knows it. Some of the farms around here hire South Africans. I met a couple at the bar a few weeks ago.

2018-06-08 13:53:52 UTC  

@Jacob you can get the experience of farming in many different forms. You could get a part time job a full time job or simply they could call you if they need extra help from time to time.

2018-06-08 13:56:37 UTC  

You don't put a Mexican in a $500,000 tractor pulling a $200,000 planter. It just isn't done.

2018-06-08 14:14:01 UTC  

They'd be driving drunk anyway

2018-06-08 14:27:01 UTC  

@JesseJames I actually live in a rural area. So that's no entirely out of the question.

2018-06-08 14:30:55 UTC  

@Jacob Most farmers would be happy for you to contact them asking for work.

2018-06-08 19:15:35 UTC  

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/453241577062662146/454725197904478209/20180608_141103.jpg

2018-06-08 22:03:07 UTC  

Chevrolet to the rescue.

2018-06-08 23:05:53 UTC  

This is my bosses new Dodge. He got it last week.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/453241577062662146/454783155883343872/20180608_141201.jpg

2018-06-08 23:07:17 UTC  

To be fair to dodge this was clearly a case of user error.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/453241577062662146/454783508452343809/20180608_141152.jpg

2018-06-08 23:09:27 UTC  

Fields can be deceptive. If you look at the top soil around this mud it looks pretty dry. There was no way any pickup was going to make it through there though.

2018-06-08 23:15:14 UTC  

@Der Seeteufel - SD my cousins are farmers and they hired (white) south africans last year. they said they were good people and hard workers

2018-06-08 23:15:25 UTC  

at first glance I thought that was just pickup tug'o'war

2018-06-08 23:15:57 UTC  

@Deleted User so did I, I was going to ask who won? 😂

2018-06-08 23:16:43 UTC  

@Zyzz yeah no one ever complains about their work ethic. My boss said he'd hire them too, but they're too expensive.

2018-06-08 23:18:56 UTC  

I'm not sure what SAs ask for, but I get paid $13/hr + room and board.

2018-06-08 23:20:30 UTC  

Not sure what that's like state adjusted

2018-06-08 23:22:50 UTC  

Honestly it's pretty good for me. I don't pay for housing or food, and I'm a disabled vet so the military takes care of my medical. I could make a lot more money somewhere else but I can't emphasize enough how much I love my job.

2018-06-08 23:24:00 UTC  

Plus SD cost of living is pretty low so I'm actually doing ok financially.

2018-06-08 23:24:54 UTC  

huh, that sounds really good then

2018-06-08 23:25:20 UTC  

y'all best not be putting harmful chemicals in our food now 😤

2018-06-08 23:26:26 UTC  

one thing i really like about Europe is their food quality