The beginning of the cotton picking season is a time when many farmers look to see if the first few days can shed light on the type of year they are going to have. The Narromine News reported that this period is influenced by the type of technology that is used by people working in the sector.
According to the news outlet, picker operator Jake George put his newly acquired John Deere 7760 six-round baler to the test, as he drove it through the fields for the first time.
Cotton grower Scott Quigley told the Narromine News that this machine was a solid investment for his operation, as the up-front cost would easily be covered by the long-term lowered expenditures and increased productivity.
He noted that having used John Deere equipment has lowered the number of people it takes to do the job, as he said that the harvest in 2012 will be a two-man operation, as opposed to last year when it took 12 men to do the work.
The company's website noted that this massive and efficient machine comes with 530 horsepower and full-time four-wheel drive, along with a redesigned and more comfortable cab.