MACON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Jack Huerkamp is feeling lucky four days after a tornado swept dangerously close to his farm. His neighbors would not be so lucky.
"It's those that got hit directly by the storm that have the hardship of rebuilding, rebuilding homes and rebuilding shops," Huerkamp said.
While this tight-knit community works to rebuild, they have to also replace a communications tower.
The tower was equipped with a system that enables farmers to maneuver their high-tech vehicles with pin-point accuracy using GPS technology.
In the midst of planting season, they will have to do without.
"It's not something you can't live without, but it does complicate your planting. Everyone has kind of gotten addicted to having those controls," Huerkamp added.
"There's not any wide rows (or) narrow rows. There's not any waste of pesticides or seed. It's so precise," Mississippi State University Extension Service Agent Dr. Dennis Reginelli said.
"It locks on to where you are supposed to go. You let go of the steering wheel and you just go. It makes a day a lot more comfortable when you're putting in a fourteen (or) fifteen hour day," Huerkamp added.