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Automation (WINNERS)

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by southjblue, Apr 27, 2012.

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  1. southjblue

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    As time and govt. regulation continue to cause unemployment we will have to find ways to survive----Take a look at new blueberry harvesters.Each machine will replace hundreds of farm workers when necessary----Americans won't do the work anymore and legal workers are at a decline.The machine has no social security # and a hsband and wife can operate one.I know of one family where both husband and wife operates one and can harvest their whole crop.It's a shame but it will be a way of life.This is not the only industry that is going towards automation.---Our president better wise up---We will find a way----

    Best to all----SJB
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  2. Setterman

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    George, What do they cost?
     
  3. southjblue

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    Aprox $100,000.00----With proper maintenance one will last 40 yrs---They only work 6 wks a year----Think what labor will cost @ hundreds replaced---It will pay for its self in no time----No govt. inspectors to take up your time---You should see the ag a farmer has to go through----It will be a way of life soon.
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  4. Catpower

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    George, what part of the country are you located?

    Didn't know they grew that many Blueberries, guess I really never thought of it

    The have come a long ways, I was at my buddies place, he had just bought a Caterpillar Challenger, and rode with him on it the GPS steered, and operated the whole thing we were pulling a 65 ft soil conditioner, it kept it perfectly on track at the end rows it would slow the tractor down, raise the conditioner turn drop the conditioner and and speed back up

    It was unbelievable
     
  5. southjblue

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    Cat---Just think how many workers that thing put out of business---Again, it's a shame but a future way of life.I live in the blueberry capital of the world.We harvest the best tasting blueberries and the most for the fresh mkt in the USA---I try to keep my whereabouts a mystery---You'd never believe where I am----Lets have some fun---There will be someone to tell where it is but it will be a guess--- and then I'll fess up----George
     
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    Automation has put a bunch of people out of work, when I bought my first plasma table I thought $100,000 was a pile of money, but it can lay out and cut duct and fittings faster than any human can, and I don't have to listen to it whine

    The machine paid for itself the first year
     
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    southjblue,

    Are you from New Jersey? We grow a lot of blueberries in the southern part of the state.

    Chichay
     
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    Hammonton NJ?
     
  9. Johnny

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    But people are employed in good jobs to design, build, and maintain this automation.
     
  10. southjblue

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    So far I'm getting guesses---I am going to collect all the msgs and the colosest ones will be put into a hat and my grandaughter will pick out the winner and a special packed blueberry plant will be sent with planting instructions---No fair to those that know me----I'd like to make it a K-80 but there would be fraud---gL to the winner----George
     
  11. southjblue

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    Johnny---You'r right---we need them---They are helping to curve regs----SJB
     
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    South J are you in Vermount?
     
  13. southjblue

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    "No fair to those that know me"

    Dammit. I was just getting ready to win too. George told me awhile back where he lives and even invited me to visit sometime. I love blueberries.
     
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    Without automation, you'd be spending close to 50.00 per hour, per person to pick those berry's. I'm betting your grand daughter has no intention of becoming a professional berry picker. Automation is the only thing that can save Americans from it's self.
     
  16. southjblue

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    This havvester will pick what 200 hand pickers will pick---Note---Aprox 3 people will work the harvester--There will be another 3 people on the truck to carry to packing house but those 3 would be used with the hand help-----More detail to come if interested----He said cost of machine is $200,000.00---Wrong----It can be had for $100,000.00 + but not 200 thou----NOTE--Grapes, Cherries and more are being delveloped----Even heard that they are working on an orange picker----Obama won't need all those govt. inspectors with this going on----Shame but true----

    SJB
     
  17. southjblue

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    Not Vermont----
     
  18. southjblue

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    221----You'r right---I'll tell you this tho---A mex can pick and clear $20.00 P/H but they work----Start at daybreak and work till dark---Put lights in the field and I think they'd go the night.His wife will work long side and that's 40 P/H plus free housing---Someone might say any overtime---They work piece work----Offer them min wage + time and 1/2 and they would take the piece rate.
    Those folks can work and they are smart----Can't believe why Mexico is so far behind----It's the govt. that keeps them down----Why do they want to come here?
    You figure----George
     
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    Neat.


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    And you don't need to rent anymore Porta-Potties.
     
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