EU should enforce compatibility on GPS makers
Published 27/01/2016 | 02:30
When everyone else is making new year resolutions, my husband Phil sees January as a time to look at new machinery.
It is also a great time to see what's going on in the whole tillage sector. There are plenty of tillage conferences and machinery shows at this time of the year to torment farmers. When the land is as wet as it is now, there is very little field work that can be done.
We also had an unwanted visitor in the form of Storm Frank, who blew a corner off a shed and pulled another off its pillars. If the second one had come down, it would have landed on the dryer.
We were more worried about the dryer than the roof. It was very stressful watching from the house and seeing galvanise flapping like a rag in the wind and not being able to do anything about it.
When looking at new machinery we've realised that the new technology such as GPS in new machinery is not compatible with other makes of technology.
We have a GPS unit but many other makes are not compatible with it. I think the EU should legislate for manufacturers to produce comaptible technology that would enable different machines and systems 'talk' to each other.
On the same subject I would love if all the manufacturers of bait boxes were obliged to put the same lock on all of them. I have a heap of different keys for all the different bait boxes. I feel like a prison warden going around with my big bunch of keys - it's a right pain.
While Phil is looking at fancy new toys he can't afford, I am looking at all our finances.