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Legacy Farm and Lawn Training Center
LAMAR, MO.--- Farming resources are becoming more technology driven. Over the years, equipment has become more advanced with computer systems. Ag-companies like Legacy Farm and Lawn in Lamar can't utilize the new technology without getting customers familiar with the equipment.
"So we came up with this facility so that we could have them come in, in an easy to utilize format and have it equipped in such way that we can help train," said Matt Brown, Sales Representative Legacy Farm and Lawn.
Traditional farmers like Paul Crabtree are molding to modern day farming. He says you can't run a business without knowing how to operate the monitors in the tractors.
"Used to be on an open station tractor out in the heat and the dirt. And you know now, it's climate control, the GPS and of course connected with computers," said Paul Crabtree, Barton County Farmer.
With the training, farmers will be able to use the information collected from the computers data to make major farming decisions.
"Most all modern equipment is guided by GPS and we also use that function in a lot of our other equipment, so information documentation as well as utilizing the equipment itself is a big deal and technology is a big part of that," said Brown.
The new systems allow harvesters to view their property boundaries, map yields and their production and make input decisions based on the data they collect.
"Well, all of that information is all well and good, but if they don't know how to use it or they don't know how to best apply it, it's almost worthless to them," said Brown.
The goal for farmers is to save on seed and fertilizer while maximizing their production.
"More corn, more soybeans, more wheat in the bin, that's obviously a big advantage being able to save on inputs and also get more production out of using that technology," said Crabtree.
It's a learning curve for many men and women, but in the long run it's beneficial.
"It's made things a lot easier, a lot less stressful, but it does take some education to learn how to run stuff," said Crabtree.
The Legacy Training Center has only been open for about two months, but classes continue to fill up.