Roy Exum: Dear John Deere

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

I’m not big on electric vehicles and a poll on confirms 74 percent of readers are leery as well. I’m enough of a realist to know the electricity to charge the proliferation of electric cars being pushed down America’s throat comes from 70 percent of coal-powered power plants and let’s be honest, to say these vehicles will reduce global warming is going to take a lot more convincing from me.

Not long ago an open letter to agricultural giant John Deere brought a chuckle in our mammoth agriculture community and, as one who spent many hours on a John Deere tractor, I can only relate to the American folly that EV’s belong in our fields. Read this one:

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Farmers ask great questions regarding being forced to purchase electric farm equipment. I don’t know what the farmers will do as explained below. The foolishness of it all -- especially brought to you by the idiots and fools that we sent to D.C. to run this place (into the ground).

Check this out, folks --- the lefties are now going after diesel powered farm equipment and want electric tractors and combines. A close friend farms over 10,000 acres of corn in the Midwest. The property is spread out over three counties. His operation is a "partnership farm" with John Deere. They use the larger farm operations as demonstration projects for promotion and development of new equipment.

 He recently received a phone call from his John Deere representative, and they want the farm to go to electric tractors and combines in 2023. He currently has 5 diesel combines that cost $900,000 each that are traded-in every 3 years. Also, over 10 really BIG tractors. JD wants him to go all electric soon.

He said: "Ok, I have some questions. How do I charge these combines when they are 3 counties away from the shop in the middle of a cornfield, in the middle of nowhere?"

"How do I run them 24 hours a day for 10 or 12 days straight when the harvest is ready, and the weather is coming in?"

"How do I get a 50,000+ lb. combine that takes up the width of an entire road back to the shop 20 miles away when the battery goes dead?"

There was dead silence on the other end of the phone.

When the corn is ready to harvest, it has to have the proper sugar and moisture content. If it is too wet, it has to be put in giant dryers that burn natural or propane gas, and lots of it. Harvest time is critical because if it degrades in sugar content or quality, it can drop the value of his crop by half a million dollars or more. It is analyzed at time of sale. It is standard procedure to run these machines 10 to 12 days straight, 24 hours a day at peak harvest time.

When the machines need fuel, a tanker truck delivers it, and the machines keep going. John Deere's only answer is "we're working on it." They are being pushed by the lefty Dems in the government to force these electric machines on the American farmer.

 These people are out of control. They are messing with the production of food crops that feed people and livestock... all in the name of their "green dream." Look for the cost of your box of cornflakes to triple in the next 24 months...”

Seems that the dum-dums in Washington have imparted their "wisdom" on John Deere.

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Don’t fall for such manure. And if you are repulsed by this, make sure you vote today. Every election gets us closer to who we really are.

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