In 1955, Massey President James Duncan approached Deere about merging the two companies. In some areas, such a deal made sense for Deere. Deere had been attempting to expand internationally and here was a chance to have a ready-made overseas distribution and manufacturing system. It also helped Deere in the western part of the United States, where Massey had strong dealerships and where Deere's partnership with Caterpillar was beginning to dissolve.
Vintage tractors have been a used successfully by acreage owners and truck gardeners for many years. Evolving production quotas and farming methods sidelined them from row crop farming decades ago, due to their lower horsepower and small size.
Dwindling numbers and accessability to parts and repair of these icons of the field is about to put them out to pasture once again. The modern compact tractor, those with 45 horsepower and lower, are steadily taking their place. As fewer and fewer antique tractors are used as working tractors a part of history is going the way of the corded phone, and will soon be seen only at antique farm shows, parades, and museums.
My mom was a tried and true southern cook. Fried chicken, breaded pork chops, grits, rice, gumbo you name it we ate it. The only person that could make a better Gumbo was my uncle, the Gumbo King of Orange, Texas; Clyde Thrilkill.
If you really wanted to get my mom's red headed temper to flare, serve her Chili with kidney beans, or sweetened cornbread. She always said that's not cornbread, if you sweeten it, it's cake, and kidney beans don't belong in chili. They are for salads.
Along with the staff of Heartland Communications, I wish each of you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season and New Year.
Now is the time when you can take a breather from farm work and spend a little time on a vacation or hobby. Like many farmers you may enjoy restoring antique tractors. You may have used our equipment listings to locate equipment for your daily operations, but did you know we could also help you locate an antique for your next project?
2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Delo TRC (Tractor Restoration Competition) that is held annually. This year Chevron will salute all past participants, fianlists, and their families as they recognize and celebrate the events 20th year.
The competition started in 1995 as a special recognition to these young adults who have learned to overcome the obstacles involved in their special projects.
According to a recent Delo TRC press release, the competition has grown to become an academic and community legacy as high school students from across the country competed, and grew to involve the entire community.
When I think about the fourth of July holiday, and what it stands for I feel it is just as much a time for giving thanks as the official Thanksgiving holiday in November.
We have so much to be thankful for. One is living in a country that allows free enterprise to thrive. With out it I dare to think about all of todays creature comforts we might be living without. I wonder if people like Henry Ford, Cyrus McCormick, and others like them ever realized what doors their inventions opened for farming and industry in general.
We can be thankful in the fact that our government allows us to select those we each feel is right for the job of running our country. We might not always agree but right or wrong it was our choice.
With the 4th of July coming soon made me think of a article I saw a while back. Written by Larry Leitzke.
Back in the twenties we had telephone and electricity, but no radio. After supper on the long winter nights, I would wait for my dad to come in from the barn. He would lie down on our leather couch and I would crawl up and sit on the edge of the couch and he would tell me stories. He always made the honest man seem like such a winner, no matter what the trial or temptation. He would say "Don't judge any man whether he be Republican, or Democrat, Jew, Catholic or Protestant, as all were Americans".
I have been getting calls from people asking what happened the annual Iron Memories book featuring antique tractor stories. To the disappointment for readers without the internet, the printed book has been discontinued, but the antique tractor stories go on. You no longer have to wait a whole year to read new stories, and it is FREE. All you need to do is come to the Iron Memories website and select the stories button from the tool bar to read the stories that are submitted.
As the first of the three big holidays arrive this weekend please don't forget to put safety first. Many of you will be traveling. The roads will be full of vehicles pulling trailers; everything from RV's to equipment on its way to an event. You have heard these same tips over and over but it never hurts to review them again
1. Get rest, don't start out on a trip without proper rest. Impaired judgment often can lead to an accident
2. Buckle Up, not only is this for your safety, but this is the time the law is watching for violators. Costly mistake not to wear your seat belt.
3. Don't drink and drive, once again it impairers your judgment, and can lead to a costly as well as deadly mistake.
Reading the blogs that Donna wrote about all the events and shows all over the U.S.. caught my interest. My interest in all the antique equipment and the history behind it just gets my curiosity stirring. No, I do not wish I would have lived back then, but I do understand and appreciate the challenge and hard work that the farmers did each day to survive.
That brings us to today and summer threshing shows. They give all of us just a taste of what farmers had to do in the past. I say just a taste because I go to shows and walk around and watch other people crank the tractors and pitch the oat straw in the threshers.