July 17, 2023

Tools & Technology

The changing role of hydraulics Hydraulics is all about moving large things with a small object using a simple principle. In agriculture, hydraulic pumps and cylinders appeared as a special […]

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June 2, 2023

Steiger Tiger III

Large four-wheel drive articulated tractors typically have been common in the Great Plains states of America and the western prairie provinces of Canada. Several tractor manufacturers were born in these […]

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April 13, 2023

Back Down the Line

It is always great to hear from readers. I received a letter in the mail from Mr. John Russel of Indiana concerning the November/December installment of “Back down the line.” […]

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April 5, 2023

Got One?

Seems like today, the person who gets 10 years of trouble free operation from a refrigerator should count themselves amongst the lucky. However, if you bought an International, a half […]

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March 22, 2023


Fertilizer starts with an “M” Well, something like that. OK, at our place it did. I was accused of being a poor speller by my teachers in school. It made […]

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March 15, 2023

Prestige Case IH 7150

The Ertl Prestige series of miniatures has been around for about 15 years now and seems to continue to gain in popularity. The models have a relatively high level of […]

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December 28, 2022

IH 781 / 881 Forage Harvesters

In 1981, IH replaced its 720 and 830 forage harvesters with newer, updated models, the 781 and 881. These new forage harvesters were very similar to their older counterparts. Both […]

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December 7, 2022

Ford Tractor

Hello, readers! I do hope your summer and fall have been good to you. I am sorry about taking longer to write about Ford tractors than I intended, but farm […]

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October 17, 2022

Nine Goats and a 2640

The house I live in was built in 1907 by my great grandparents, Blanche Sheffield and Clarence Burrell. The Sheffield and Burrell families had been neighbors in Boone, Iowa before […]

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October 14, 2022

Take a look-farm toy sets

My farm toy collecting interests have changed over time and I’m sure that’s true for most people in this hobby. I started receiving farm toys when I was quite young, […]

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October 12, 2022


Pig Iron Peddler and déjà vu Okay, hope 2019 has started well for our readers. Down here in Texas, we are still wet from fall and early winter rains. It’s […]

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October 10, 2022


Bottle openers Part of the fun of collecting is seeing the vast array of different types of literature and memorabilia that is out there in the farm world. Recently we […]

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October 8, 2022

Truck Pages-Snow Plows

Yep, just about done. Only a few scoops left. You’ve been out here shoveling for hours to clear the driveway. You stand up and stretch—it feels like your back will […]

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October 3, 2022


I am sort of doubling up with this article. What we’re going to be looking at is the bicentennial edition of John Deere’s Furrow magazine. The Furrow is a Deere […]

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September 30, 2022

John Deere art

There have been many very good artists over time and their art has become a large boost to JD nostalgia. Most early advertising was paintings and that continued, along with […]

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September 28, 2022

Back down the line

I am looking forward to this visit. This picture is really interesting and has a lot of small detail in it. If I remember correctly, when I bought the picture, […]

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September 14, 2022

My part of the world

An itch gets scratched In our last visit, I mentioned that I was hoping to go to Colorado and cut wheat. Finally this summer, a plan worked out. A few […]

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Ford 6000

Maybe it is fitting that the styling of the Ford 6000 has sometimes been described as odd, because the story of the tractor can only be described the same way. […]

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Versatile 700

When most people think of Versatile, they think of really big tractors, so many would be surprised to learn that it wasn’t until 1972 that the company introduced a tractor […]

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September 13, 2022

Farmall 806

In the year 1963, IH released its first “clean sheet” designed tractor that was engineered at its new Hinsdale, Illinois engineering facility. This was the new model 806 tractor. The […]

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September 9, 2022


When we had our John Deere dealership, I played many roles over the years. I first started out cleaning and helping around the place and eventually became the parts runner. […]

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September 7, 2022

John Deere factories

One of the many benefits of being a truck driver for John Deere dealerships was meeting all of the great people working at the equipment factories. Being there often, you […]

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September 6, 2022

Summer Toy Show

In June, I attended the Summer Farm Toy Show in Dyersville, Iowa. It had been quite a number of years since I was able to go, so when the opportunity […]

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7100 series Magnum

After the purchase of the IH Ag Division by Tenneco, it was merged with Case in hopes that a new company could be formed to survive the turbulent 1980s’ farm […]

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Field Boss 4-150

An early entry into the big four-wheel drive lime by White Farm Equipment The last true big Oliver rolled off the Charles City, Iowa assembly line in 1976. While the […]

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Off Road

First of the 4WDs Who would have ever thought that a name from a cartoon series made popular during the 1930s may have been associated with the evolution of the […]

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Deere-Dain: What if?

I have been fascinated by Joseph L. Dain’s tractor and the mysteries surrounding it since the first restored one was shown and most of the world became aware of its […]

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August 22, 2022

Rugg Carpet Kutt

Advertising said this mower would make a lawn look like a carpet While picking up a transmission for my 1956 Studebaker pickup at my favorite transmission shop, Booker’s in Enid, […]

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June 24, 2022

Triumph and Tragedy

Horsepower, horsepower and more horsepower! This was the cry of big acreage American and Canadian farmers of the middle 1970s. Rising fuel prices, increased costs for seed and fertilizer, falling […]

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It always amazed me all the different products Southern Plow Company (SPCO) sold. In the 15 years I was there, we had in our catalog somewhere between 22 to 26 […]

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