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dennymal
Veteran Contributor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

All I know is what you are telling this site. Your compensation to your employees is better than your competition-yet you won't hire the guy. I don't fault you I fault your competition.

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dennymal
Veteran Contributor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

Kay;

People leave their jobs for better jobs all the time. Its what makes our country tick. Maybe your neighbor feels he can get any Tom ,**bleep** or Harry to work for him. 

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dennymal
Veteran Contributor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

I don't always agree with you Kraft but you are right on. I just had a former retired employee stop by today and ask if there was anything I needed him to do. He put the seed knockouts, brushes in the planter units-he's 82 years old. He'll more than likely run a tractor for a half a day. 

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Kay/NC
Honored Advisor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

I think everyone has to set their own standards as an employer. We have ours, like not offering the job to a guy, then reneging when someone who looks better, and happens to work for a family we know and like well enough, calls a day later.

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ECIN
Senior Advisor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

I think that Kraft-T is right - We are dodgeing the question asked - shortage of help -- not wages .

 

Here , anyway , we do have a shortage of experenced help , back when I was a young farmer - we ran M's , MTA's 400 's then on up to 806's then 14,66's 1586's , all this equipment was , well pretty easy to run along with only equipemnt that was from 15 foot up to 25 feet , now fast forward to today , 4 wheel drives with 30 40 or 50 foot wide equipment , auto steer . this is just a start , what about drying equipment at the bins and sprayers ?

 

When I got of college , I worked at a fert plant , My floater truck I got was a 75 Chevy - that is a 1975 Truck - only one year old when I started - what did a 75 Chevy 2 ton truck cost back then ? It had a 1000 gallon tank and 45 foot booms on it with no maping , no auto steer , no nothing , not even foam markers , then move up to today , again , My Hagie listed out for 300 + thousand ,   Now , Who is Ken going to put in a machine like this with no back ground ? We or I got back ground from working on our own farm , There just are not any young farm kids - that if they work on a farm it is probably there dads place and are not looking for a job as farms today are a lot bigger than when I was there age .

 

Talk about a shortage of help , just look at the fert plants around here - I would guess that the average age would be somewhere around 55 to 60 years of age for app drivers .

 

HAve a good one !

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rawhide
Advisor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

kathleen sebelius needs a job

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rawhide
Advisor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

by the way----- unless you snapped an axle on that chevy you could spray-----not like today when they show up and then say-we can't spray right now cause the auto steer puter is down and i don't know how to turn

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Shaggy98
Senior Advisor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

Funny you mention a snapped axle rawhide, I've got a neighbor that had two mid 70's Chevy floaters and he did break a rear axle on one of them when a washout surprised him.  He brought the second one to the field and transferred the remaining product from the tank of the broken one onto the 2nd one and finished his spraying with one the rest of the season.  Funny thing is instead of repairing the broken one or even hauling it off the field, he just farmed around it for about 2 years.

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ECIN
Senior Advisor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

Good point Rawhide ! Kathleen is a lot better looking than Norm and Big Jay and I like the color of her hair ! It matchs mine - lol

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ECIN
Senior Advisor

Re: Reporter writing about labor shortages

Never broke an axle but did pop a right rear floater going down the road - man what a hand full but saved it , Fire was the big problem - stalks would get caught on the muffler - till I kicked it off and ran it open -

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