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Today, a John Deere tractor self drives using a satellite feed, understands the optimal depth to plant a seed, and predicts part failure before it happens. With these technological advances, business models are challenged. Lock-in happens. When I was a kid, my dad preached about knowing every square inch of your vehicle. Change tires. Swap out parts. Rebuild an engine. What happens when the machines become too complicated to repair/manage on your own?

Maybe, the market for antique equipment spikes , ushering in the return of the mechanical age. It’s a fascinating article that challenges what it means to be a farmer in the field. Feels like an opportunity.