One of the structured ways to design or engineer any solution but especially complex systems is called “system engineering.” One aspect of system engineering is defining “requirements” for any solution you are looking for. Initially, I detested the concept of “system engineering” thinking it was like the overused term of “engineering” like “waste disposal engineer” i.e. trashman. However, after learning much more about system engineering, I begin to see the value. If you get the requirements correct and detailed enough, and then you design and engineer to those requirements often you will be successful. If you get all of the requirements rights and implement the design to meet all requirements, you are nearly guaranteed success. If your solution does not meet your needs, the problem is often missing or badly defined requirements or design that do not fully meet the requirements.
The other thing I have mentioned before to this audience is that in my opinion small scale farming or ranching in America has not had the same innovation investment as say, computer science. So many things are simply done as they have been done for many decades. If you start doing anything, you will find “old timers” who say “this is how we do it.” Always remember, what they are really saying is “this is the way I know how to do it.”
Thus were applicable I try and apply what I have learned in the engineering field to what I am doing on our hobby farm. Remember if this nation is going to continue to feed itself, younger people are going to need to get into food production. The average age of the American farmer is 58.3 years old in 2012. The globalists have a solution, massive industrialized farming with genetically engineered crops, slave immigrant labor and million dollar machines that they own. I have a different solution, more small scaled farms.
Right now I am dreaming of the “land owners” favorite tool, the tractor. We have been very “poor” for the last few years. Hopefully, that is changing. Thus my “dream” may have a snow balls chance to become a reality. Thus I have worked on “requirements” for a tractor. Many people talk about “will this or that tractor be big enough” for this or that acreage. My training says that is the wrong question. The right question is “what are your requirements?” The issue is not easy to create detailed enough requirements. Thus I have attempted to write up requirements for a tractor.
Marketing Requirements Statement
I have a small acre hobby farm on flat land with very few trees or bushes. The home is in USDA Hardiness Zone 6a: which can see up to a -10F to -5F winters. Using updated climate data through 2010, this area is in the Plantmaps Hardiness Zone 5a: -20F to -15F. The average first frost at the hobby farm is between September 21 – 30, while the average last frost occurs between May 11 – 20. The hobby farm averages 15 – 30 days per year where the temperature exceeds 86°F. The average high temperature in July (Summer) is 82°F, while the average high temperature in January (Winter) is 34°F. The hobby farm gets significant snow, with significant snow drifts (up to 3-foot drifts in the winter of 2016). Continue reading »