How do you get new equipment operators some seat time?

(Kara Oosterhuis/RealAgriculture)

As farms decrease tillage passes, swathers get parked, and planters become more precise, there are fewer forgiving field passes to train new drivers on.

While many current equipment operators likely learned to manoeuvre large machines running the harrows or knocking down crop, these opportunities are fewer overall.

What’s more, the seeding and planting window is high-stress, time-crunch time — that’s not any way to start the training process. Combined with a dwindling farm-kid population, there’s an increased likelihood that farms will have to train new operators from the very start.

So, we want to know — where do you start seat time training?

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