From the smaller, ox-drawn plows of yesteryear, to the mighty, diesel-run combines of today, it seems as though the size and capability of farm equipment continues to grow beyond the expectations of even those who use it.
But as farming continues to expand it its ability to be automated and efficient, so goes the capabilities of the pieces of agricultural equipment that allow that to be possible. Take, for example, the machinery that was recently on display at the KMOT Ag Expo in North Dakota. A recent report from the same television station that sponsors the event asked the question of how big is big enough when it comes to farm equipment.
One combine at the show boasted 440 horsepower and the capability to work as much as 35 acres an hour. Then there's the corn chopper featured there that pumps out 600 horsepower while moving at 5 miles per hour.
"It really just comes down to the economics of 'I have this much to do and this much time and I have to have the machinery that's capable of doing that with the manpower I have,'" Brad Meyer, a representative of an implement dealer, told the station.
As the agricultural economy becomes more developed, so does its connection with the rest of the country. As a result, the government has made efforts through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to funnel funds into the development of broadband capabilities of rural communities across the country.