Farmers today need all the help they can get, and that includes technology. For that, look no further than the Colusa Farm Show. Reporter Rick Carhart takes us there for a look at some great innovations:
Yolo County farmer Richard Rominger has been working the land for more than 60 years, and my how things have changed.
Richard says, "when I started farming you didn't see anything like this, Caterpillar Tractors with no shade, no cab, nothing."
There's no doubt that farmers still work as hard as ever, but the focus now is on efficiency... not sweat.
Dave Zwald, Chairman of the Colusa Farm Show board, says, "the equipment, they're bigger, they're designed for GPS so you're not overlapping, you're spending less time in the field doing the same amount of work."
And thousands of those farmers make the annual trek to the Colusa Farm Show, now in it's 49th year.
Dave says, "it's one place, you can see it in one day, free admission, free parking, and the things that are out here are the latest technology."
Including an innovative new machine from a company in the small town of Williams. It's called the Swingblade, and it's a scraper that rice farmers use to get their fields as flat as possible.
Jeff says, "if you don't use the GPS you don't get the natural curve of the land so you get a valley and deeper water in the middle, shallower on the edges."
Jeff Mingay is an engineer for Iron Tree Solutions, and the scraper he designed has a major improvement over current models which makes it much easier and safer for the farmer to operate.
Jeff says, "they don't have to break down, take an hour to transform what they need to to tow the machine down the road, they can just fold it up and go right down the road."
It's innovations like these that allow farmers to bring more and better crops to market.
Richard says, "everything is more efficient now, farming, equipment, it's so much better for the operators as well.
And it improves the quality of life for everyone.
Richard says, "I'm deaf from driving a Caterpillar tractor too many years."
The Farm Show runs from nine to five Tuesday through Thursday at the Colusa County Fairgrounds.