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Tractor of the Week | KTIC Radio

Tractor of the Week

Email submissions to: Joe Gangwish, or to: Tractors c/o KRVN, Box 880, Lexington, Ne 68850.
All Nebraska Tractor Ride Enjoys Two Days
2017-06-21T09:09

Hi gang.  Have to thank Donna and Rich Wilton, Bill Ground, Larry Holmberg and a host of others I'm probably forgetting here for putting together another great ride.

We had a chance to ride around historic Adams and Clay Counties in the Hastings area and again took a quick tour through the old Naval munitions plant on the SE edge of town.  This was the largest naval munitions plant during WWII and many landmarks still remain.

A very cool part of the first day was donating funds from our sponsors and a portion of the registration totaling $1500 to the Vets Home in Grand Island.

Another cool part of the ride was a quick stop at the old ghost town Spring Ranche, Ne east of Ayr which started as a trading post in the 1860's and dissolved as a town in the 1920's.  Donna Wilton of PVAMA gave us a brief history lesson during the stop. 

I had to miss day two, but included are some pictures of day one.  Make plans to join us mid-June next year!  Also, please send us your entries for Tractor of the Week to the addresses above. - Joe

You can tell a happy tractor ride driver by the dust in his teeth.


A quick morning stop in Glenvil.



Donna Wilton telling us the history of Spring Ranche, Ne.

I was the only 2-cylinder in the bunch!  1953 JD "60".

Great to have the vets from the G.I. Vets Home there to have supper with us and present them with a check! 

Events-

June 23 - Brookdale Farmer Appreciation Lunch, Lexington. Antique tractors needed for BBQ at Brookdale Retirement Village. If you would like to display your antique tractor please contact Todd Sutherland or Tammie Hinrichs at 324-5490. 

June 24 - Custer County Tractor Ride.   Start at the Art Anderson Farm and drive through eastern Custer County.  For more info, contact Jeanette Denson at 308-872-6303 or www.custercare.com. 

June 23-24  - Farnam Founders Day tractor drive and pull.   

August 12 - Gibbon Brick Street Festival - Antique Tractor Show and Parade. 

August 19-20 - 34th Annual Platte Valley Antique and Machinery Show at Ayr, Ne.  Tractor Drive on Friday the 18th at 1:30.  John Deere the featured tractor. 

September 9-10 - Old Trusty Days at Clay Center, Ne. Tractor Drive on Friday the 8th.  Minneapolis Moline the featured tractor.

September 12-14 - Husker Harvest Days with tractors on display.
TRAN A Success!
2017-06-12T01:05


Hi all,

The Tractor Relay Across Nebraska was a huge success.  I met up with the group in Holdrege on Monday.  They traveled to Lincoln Friday and celebrated Nebraska's 150th year of statehood with a trip around the capitol with over 150 machines!

Below is the video I put together, plus some snapshots of the capitol drive thanks to Bryce Doeschot. Enjoy!  Please send your tractor photos to the address above. - Joe

(Having trouble linking the video, so click here to see it.) TRAN Video








Events-

June 14-16  - Red Power Show in Des Moines, IA.  

June 15-17 - Annevar Days in Ravenna, Ne.   

June 16-17 - All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 


June 23 - Brookdale Farmer Appreciation Lunch, Lexington. Antique tractors needed for BBQ at Brookdale Retirement Village. If you would like to display your antique tractor please contact Todd Sutherland or Tammie Hinrichs at 324-5490.

June 24 - Custer County Tractor Ride.   Start at the Art Anderson Farm and drive through eastern Custer County.  For more info, contact Jeanette Denson at 308-872-6303 or www.custercare.com. 

June 23-24  - Farnam Founders Day tractor drive and pull.   

August 12 - Gibbon Brick Street Festival - Antique Tractor Show and Parade. 

August 19-20 - 34th Annual Platte Valley Antique and Machinery Show at Ayr, Ne.  Tractor Drive on Friday the 18th at 1:30.  John Deere the featured tractor. 

September 9-10 - Old Trusty Days at Clay Center, Ne. Tractor Drive on Friday the 8th.  Minneapolis Moline the featured tractor.

September 12-14 - Husker Harvest Days with tractors on display. 
John Deere 620
2017-05-27T11:55

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  DTN Reporter Russ Quinn was nice enough to let me use a copy of his momory of his grandpa's 620 John Deere.  Enjoy!


Earlier this year in this column, we had a couple different folks send us vintage iron stories about the International hundred series tractors. These would be tractors manufactured during the mid- to late-1950s, so these machines would be right around 60 years old now.

It then occurred to me that one of my own family's vintage tractors is also that old. If you read this column, over the years I have written about my late grandpa's last tractor, a John Deere 620.

I guess the family tie to this particular machine is why it is so important to me, as it probably is for many people who keep vintage iron for decades. The person who owned this tractor may be long gone, but we all feel like we still have a piece of this person in the form of this old machine.

It is not a one-owner tractor like many family vintage tractors are. Although, 57 years in our family is pretty close to being a one-owner tractor.

The 620 was brought new to the John Deere implement dealer located in Bennington, Nebraska, which is just to the northwest of Omaha. It was bought new and spent the first three years of its life on a farm near Blair, Nebraska.

In 1960, my grandpa decided he needed to upgrade his tractor line up, so he traded in a mid-1940s B for the slightly used 620. In those early years, it was his big horse for tackling plowing and disking chores in the spring, various hay baling activities in the summer and corn picking duties in the fall.
My dad likes to tell me about one particular fall harvest in the late 1960s when the 620 developed a bad back tire. If you ever spend a day attaching a mounted corn picker to a tractor (which I never did), you will appreciate this story: they had to take the corn picker off, fix the tire and then put the corn picker back on it to finish picking only to take it off again when corn harvest was over. 

In 1967, my dad and uncle took over most of the duties of the farm after my grandpa had some health issues. The next year, they traded in his old International M for a John Deere 730, the first diesel tractor on the farm.

The 620 at this point, become their planting tractor in the spring and was still active in haying during the growing season. A Paulson front-end loader was bought and put on it at this time as well to help on their dairy farm.

The next decade rolled along and newer, larger tractors were purchased during this time, and most of the old tractors were traded in on the new ones -- except the 620 was not one of them. I asked my dad why this happened and he said it was "dad's tractor" so they always kept it.

By this time, I had come along and after my grandpa passed away six years later, it was very clear this tractor was not going anywhere.

During my childhood, the 620 was mainly relegated to a secondary role.
Once in a while, my dad would occasionally use it for baling small bales of hay or spraying the pasture, etc. But really, it only had two regular jobs at that point -- to rake hay in the summer and run an auger/elevator in the fall.

My earliest memory is standing on the platform as my dad drove it and him letting me steer the tractor. As I grew I learned to drive it, although it was often difficult for skinny, teenage me to pull the hand clutch to stop the 620.

Then in 2000, we had the tractor painted, changing it from its working clothes to the equivalent of new tuxedo, I suppose. While it will still run an auger once in a while on the farm, its main job now is to look good for running in some parades and for tractor rides during the warmer months.

My oldest child is now 12, and he is learning to drive the 620, the now fourth generation to drive it. I see him use all his might to pull the hand clutch back, and I just smile to myself. 

(Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.com)

Thanks, Russ!  Everyone have a safe holiday and we'll see some of you on the tractor ride trail next month!

The Quinn family's vintage tractor, a 1957 John Deere 620, ran in a parade last summer. The 60-year-old tractor has been in the family for 57 years and four generations. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

 Events-


June 3 - South Central Antique Tractor Drive.  Start at Orleans, Ne at the fairgrounds. 8:30 registration, drive starts at 9:00a.m.  Call John at 308-233-4555 for more info. 

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org.  On June 9 they would like 150 tractors to go around the state capitol in honor of Nebraska's 150th Anniversary.

June 3 - Pleasanton Old Settlers Parade. 10:00 a.m. Bring your antique car, truck or tractor for the parade.  

June 14-16  - Red Power Show in Des Moines, IA.  

June 15-17 - Annevar Days in Ravenna, Ne.  

June 16-17 - All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 

June 24 - Custer County Tractor Ride.   Start at the Art Anderson Farm and drive through eastern Custer County.  For more info, contact Jeanette Denson at 308-872-6303 or www.custercare.com. 

June 23-24  - Farnam Founders Day tractor drive and pull.  

August 12 - Gibbon Brick Street Festival - Antique Tractor Show and Parade. 

August 19-20 - 34th Annual Platte Valley Antique and Machinery Show at Ayr, Ne.  Tractor Drive on Friday the 18th at 1:30.  John Deere the featured tractor. 

September 9-10 - Old Trusty Days at Clay Center, Ne. Tractor Drive on Friday the 8th.  Minneapolis Moline the featured tractor.

September 12-14 - Husker Harvest Days with tractors on display.  





Farmall "B"
2017-05-04T04:29

Hi gang!  We are back this week with another fine looking classic machine. When I first saw this posted on Facebook from my friend Cindy Cunningham, I reached out right away and told her she HAD to have it on my blog.  She was happy to share with me and I'm glad.

I've known Cindy ever since I first became a farm broadcaster.  (That dates us, huh Cindy?!)  At that time she worked for the National Pork Producers Council.  Cindy now works for the National Pork Board and used to be a farm broadcaster herself.  You should hear her on the radio.  She has one of the best female voices you will ever hear! 

Let's get to her machine which she will tell you about in her own words.  Cindy's farm is in Northwest Iowa. 

"My Grandfather purchased this “B” in the early 1950’s from a neighbor. It was used for a multitude of tasks around our family’s farm over the years. It had a 2-row cultivator that was mounted and removed every summer. It was used to rake hay and to turn oats. The “B” ran a belt-driven elevator from the PTO.

In the later years, we added a front hitch to maneuver wagons and implements in and out of sheds and around the farm yard. This tractor was repainted a few years back and got a good overhaul in preparation for our hometown’s quasquicentennial (125th). Otherwise, the “B” is pretty much used from early morning rides around the farm to check things out. You could say the “B” is a part of our family!"

Thanks, Cindy!  Nice lookin' little Farmall. If you have a cool story about your part of the family, send your description and photos to the contact info above. - Joe













Events-

May 7 - "Blessing of the Seeds" at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton, Ne followed by the tractor drive.  

June 3 - South Central Antique Tractor Drive.  Start at Orleans, Ne at the fairgrounds. 8:30 registration, drive starts at 9:00a.m.  Call John at 308-233-4555 for more info. 

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 3 - Pleasanton Old Settlers Parade. 10:00 a.m. Bring your antique car, truck or tractor for the parade.  

June 16-17 - All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 

 
 

Planting Anyone?
2017-04-17T08:33

As I raced down I-80 last night after great Easter weekend, I saw what looks to be a Farmall C hooked to a disk preparing a seedbed.  In the background was an older Massey combine.

Got me to thinking how many of you are still using the older technology to still plant at least a few acres?  If you are, send us some pics!

Also, we have a real nice MM Uni-Picker-Sheller for sale on my Iron Rescue facebook page if you wanna check it out.   As you get those old machines out and ready for some spring and summer fun, send us some pics to be seen right here.  My addresses are above. -Joe










Events-

May 7 - "Blessing of the Seeds" at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton, Ne followed by the tractor drive. 

June 3 - South Central Antique Tractor Drive.  Start at Orleans, Ne at the fairgrounds. 8:30 registration, drive starts at 9:00a.m.  Call John at 308-233-4555 for more info.

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 3 - Pleasanton Old Settlers Parade. 10:00 a.m. Bring your antique car, truck or tractor for the parade. 

June 16-17 - All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 



Olivers Galore
2017-03-23T01:32

Hi gang.  Dennis Ernest who works for the Nebraska Rural Radio Association at KNEB in Scottsbluff sent me these pics of the Oliver tractors his family farmed with.  They farmed east of Dalton, Ne. 

Back in the late 70's, his dad lined up the tractors. In this photo, he says the old tractor in the front of the first line up is a hand crank model 80.  It was the primary tractor my dad used in his early days of farming.  Had a wide front and no loader.  As later tractors came along it was converted to a loader tractor.  The others are an 1800, 1950 and 2255.



Here is a little closer picture of the newer tractors.



His dad's 2255, 1950, and his brother Pat's Super 99. The 1800 was early 60s model he bought used, the 1950 was new in 1966, with used cab added and reoriented to rear entry.



  The 2255 was new in 1976 which was the last one he bought before he died in 1980.



One last one with on an Oliver 88, which was a popular model.  This particular 88 was not his dad's originally​,  but very much like the one he farmed with.  We mostly used it as an auger tractor at harvest.



Thanks for all of your memories, Dennis!  Very cool photos. Keep 'em comin', gang! - Joe

Events-

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 16-17  All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 




The Dain Tractor
2017-03-08T06:47

On my John Deere dealer calendar this month is a picture of Deere's latest high-horsepower tractor, the 9620 RX.  Below that is a picture of what some consider to be John Deere's first tractor which was the Dain.

I looked up some history of the Dain and here's what I found. "In 1912, Deere & Co. began to develop prototypes for their own tractor. The only one that ever went into production (in 1918) is now known as the "Dain" tractor. It is named after Joseph Dain, the engineer who designed it. Only 50 to 100 or so "Dain" tractors were built and sold because that same year the Deere Company bought the Waterloo Engine Company, in order to obtain a factory in which to build tractors.
The Waterloo Engine Company was already manufacturing the Waterloo Boy tractor that it had introduced in 1913. The "Dain" project was halted for two reasons: Joseph Dain had died, and the Waterloo Boy tractor was less expensive to build than the "Dain". Deere & Co. elected to continue manufacturing the Waterloo Boy tractors until 1924. This gave them plenty of time to develop a completely new tractor of their own. It was called the Model D. and it was introduced in late 1923 as a 1924 Model. The "Dain" was the first tractor with the John Deere name on it, but very few were produced. It was not a commercial success." -Source: retiredtractors.com

On another community page, "The Old Iron Collective", I found a little more.
"Experimental work on this tractor dates back to 1914. The inventor was Joseph Dain Sr. There were a few experimental machines put out each year until 1918 when 100 were built. The entire 100 machines were sold to the John Deere Company as they wanted to get into the tractor business. These machines were built in a factory located on 10th Street in East Moline, Illinois. This is where the John Deere Harvester Works began its existence. Elmer McCormick, who later became Chief Engineer at Deere's Waterloo Plant, supervised the manufacturing.

John Deere had narrowed their field down to two options: Go with the four cylinder, all-wheel-drive Dain design and make it themselves or purchase the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company of Waterloo, Iowa and use the already proven two cylinder Waterloo Boy Tractor. Deere chose the two cylinder Waterloo Boy partly because it believed the two cylinder design was simple and less expensive and that the Waterloo boy had already established itself as a successful tractor. The Dain Tractor project was dropped upon purchase of the Waterloo plant. The tractor originally owned by Mr. Williams is the thirty-fourth one built. There are only two complete examples of this tractor known to exist."


Specifications of the John Deere AWD Dain Tractor #34

Year Produced: 1918
Number Produced: 100
Engine: McVicker Engineering vertical four-cylinder
Fuel type: Gasoline
Fuel Capacity: 21 Gallons
Bore & Stroke: 4-1/2 X 6
Rated RPM: 800
Carburetor: Stromberg M2, 1-1/4", Brass
Air Cleaner: Bennett
Magneto: K-W Type model "T"

Drive: Three wheel chain drive

Ratings
Drawbar: 12 horsepower
Belt: 24 horsepower

Speed, (Forward and Reverse)
High: 2.62 mph
Low: 2 mph

Length: 12'-6"
Height to Radiator: 57 inches
Width at front: 76 inches
Font Wheel: two steel, 36 X 8 inches
Rear Wheel: one steel, 40 X 20 inches
Weight: 4600 pounds

Price: $1200

Got a tractor with a story?  Please share it with us.  Our contact info is at the top of the page. - Joe

Courtesy of "The Old Iron Collective"

Courtesy of "Illinois in Focus"

Events-

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 16-17  All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 



 
1963 John Deere 3010
2017-02-28T03:02

Thought I would share this photo I stole (with permission of course) from Trenton Mussmann of
Ruskin, Ne on Facebook.  Looks like the local cooperative needed a little help from his 3010 this week to navigate out of the mud.

Is it just me, or do those commercials for newer, smaller tractors misleading?  These older tractors are still cutting the mustard on farms nationwide.  Enjoy! - Joe






Events-

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 16-17  All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 


1947 Farmall H and 2-14 No. 8 Plow
2017-02-20T03:24

T-hanks to Steve Schopp for sending me these pictures from an Annual Plow Day last fall by Mackinaw, Illinois which is SE of Peoria.

Steve says he and his late father purchased and restored the H about 30 years ago and his friend Rush Olson and purchased the plow with him last summer.  They attended two plow days in the fall.

Thanks, Steve!  Good to have some pics all the way from Illinois.  Keep those entries coming. - Joe







Events-

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 16-17  All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 



Sugarbeet Harvesters
2017-02-11T03:10

Was talking to dad about sugarbeet harvest the other day and got me to thinking about if there was any old beet equipment still out there in tree rows and such?  Any restored and used in parades?

Here are some old photos I found online of some equipment. As most of you know, beets moved from Central Nebraska out west to Scottsbluff around the late 50's/early 60's.

IH 1-row harvester on Farmall H

John Deere 2-row Harvester

Farmall H with Marveet Harvester

IH Hundred Series -- The Forgotten Vintage Tractor?
2017-01-31T07:35


 

This Farmall 450 was featured on a recent Mecum tractor auction. (Courtesy of Mecum)


Special thanks to Russ Quinn of DTN for this story originally published Jan. 30th.


While I didn't grow up with "red" tractors, we had enough family, friends and neighbors who did, so I was around International tractors even though we didn't have any. I had several friends growing up whose families farmed with IH equipment, and I learned about this equipment from them.
I am fairly familiar with the Farmall H/M and the 460/560 series, as I knew several folks with these series of IH tractors. In between these two, were two other series -- the super and the hundred series -- but I didn't really know much about them, since no one I knew personally had these tractors.

I guess that is not exactly true. One of my great uncles had a couple of Super M tractors, but I was never around them. After he passed away in the early 1990s, I can remember stopping at their farm with my dad and we looked at these two tractors, which were still in one of the sheds.
In 1955, IH introduced the new hundred series to replace the letter super series. This series consisted of a few different models with the 300 and 400 being the most well-known. A couple of years later, the 50 series came along featuring the 350 and 450.

According to tractordata.com, the Farmall 300 had 29,077 tractors in its production run while the 400 had slightly more, with 40,957 produced. I couldn't find any production number for the 50 series.
I would suppose the hundred series for IH was maybe not as popular as some of the series before and after it for several reasons. 

For starters, the total production run for both the 00 and the 50 series was just five years (1954-58). The run for the letter series was a robust 14 years (1939-1952), with 391,227 H manufactured and 270,140 M produced. 

Image courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society


Secondly, the H/M is one of the most popular tractor series of all time. I'm guessing many folks just kept their M/H and didn't move to the hundred series. 

You also have to wonder about the fact that American farms were rapidly increasing in size in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. Those farmers who did trade in their letter tractors and went to the hundred series probably moved right along to the 60 series and later series. 

Whatever the reasons, I hadn't really been around these tractors much. However, I have gotten to know the 00 series much better in the last couple of decades.

Over the years, I have helped to announce a couple antique tractors pulls in our area. My knowledge of the history of vintage iron and my general loudness comes in quite handy at these events.
The 400/450 is a popular choice for IH pullers. While the M is prevalent in the mid-weight classes, the 400/450 is fairly common in the heavier class, as is the 460/560.
We also own a Farmall 400 on our own farm. 

One of my uncles had a Farmall 400 with a Dual loader, and he has wanted to upgrade tractors for probably 15 years now; so we bought the vintage IH tractor. We wanted another loader tractor as we began to put up hay many miles away from the home farm, and we really needed another loader tractor to unload round bales once we brought the bales home.

While nothing fancy, the 400 is a decent back-up loader tractor. It is a gas burner, so it's nice to have a loader tractor ready to be started in an instant on cold winter days without having to plug in the engine heater and wait a couple of hours.

In addition, the Dual loader on the 400 has a grapple fork. This comes in very handy when cutting trees off terraces or trimming branches -- just lower the fork and you are not dropping any branches.
So while I'm a "green" guy through-and-through, we do have one extremely useful spot of red in the shed.

Have any memories or anecdotes of your red vintage tractors in these series?
Drop me a line.

Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.com


 
John Deere Stalk Shredder
2016-10-26T03:28

If you are planning on shredding some stalks this fall, Kenny Layher of Wood River has this beauty he might let you borrow?  A lot of these were sold for iron out of the tree row I'm sure.  I'm glad Kenny has this little piece of history restored for future generations.

Doing a little research online I noticed New Idea made a pull type version as well.  Click on the photos for a closer look!  Also note we have a couple new corn harvest events listed below. - Joe






Events-

November 5, Linder Antique Corn Harvest. South side of Loomis on Saturday, November 5th.  Lunch provided for a small donation.  Picker meeting around 9:00 a.m. to start the day.  Call Charlie at 308-991-2012 for more info.

November 5, Pleasanton Antique Corn Harvest will be held Saturday, Nov 5th on the west side of Trotter Fertilizer on the north side of town. Will start sometime between 9 and 10 a.m.  Contact Tim Kirschner for more info at 308-440-1553.  
 
John Deere 105 Corn Special
2016-10-10T08:48

Hope harvest is going well for everyone.  For this post, I snapped these photos a few weeks back at the Hand Cornhusking Competition near Gothenburg.  I had heard a rumor that Matt Feik of Cozad had an older combine and I finally got to see it in person.

He used his JD 105 Corn Special to help clean up the fields following the Hand Cornhusking Competition.  Thanks, Matt for keeping these old machines alive!  Enjoy the photos.  Now I'm off to pick some corn with my old 95! - Joe










1959 Oliver 770
2016-09-26T02:42

Harvest is getting started across the area!  Look for some classic harvest pics coming up.  In the meantime, I ran into Glenn Kirchhoff at the Ne State Fair back in September.  He told me to go take a couple photos of his Oliver 770 at the classic tractor display and that's just what I did! 

Glenn said this particular tractor was found on the internet in northern Iowa.  He has had it about 12 years now and was restored when he bought it.  Glenn said he farmed many years with Olivers in the Hardy, Ne area during the 50's and 60's.

This 770 has been on many tractor rides and parades since Glenn has owned it.  Plus, it was part of the World Record Parade of Classic Tractors at the Nebraska State Fair back in 2012. 

Enjoy and keep those photos and ideas coming. - Joe







Events-

October 8, Tractorcade tractor ride will be held October 8th at Wellfleet, Ne.  The ride will start at 1 p.m. on main street in town.  There will be several canyons on the ride so the organizers ask that your tractor have good brakes.  There will be a cookout afterward.  Meat will be provided, please bring other food items to share. Call 308-530-7847 for more info.

1966 IH 1206 Wheatland
2016-09-12T10:04

Hi gang.  Lots of cool tractors (new and old) at this year's Husker Harverst Days.  I found this very nice '66 IH 1206 on the grounds during set-up day. 

There is also a very nice display of classic tractors on the east end of the grounds as you enter the show through the main entrance.  Check it out!  Come and see us in the Rural Radio Network Broadcast Center. - Joe







Events-

Sep 13-15, Classic Tractor Display at Husker Harvest Days

September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.
 
1961 John Deere 3010 Row-Crop Utility
2016-08-30T01:40

Long time, no see as we are starting to have some more entries trickle in to us here for the Tractor Blog.  Howard Uhrich of Wood River, Ne had this little 3010 at the Gibbon Car and Tractor Show this month.

Howard told me you can also see it at the Nebraska State Fair.   Only 654 were made as gas burners.

Thanks for continuing to check in on our blog!  Keep those entries coming to jgangwish@krvn.com.






Events-

September 10, Cozad Hay Days 2nd Annual Antique Tractor Show. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Parade to follow at 11:00.  Call Marcus at 308-529-0430 or Levi at 308--325-7083 for more info. 

September 10-11, Old Trusty Days at the Clay County Fairgrounds near Clay Center, Ne. For more go to http://www.oldtrusty.org/. 

September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.

  
4th of July Fun
2016-07-04T09:10

Hope you all had a great Independence Day! Here are some photos of some classic tractors I saw in my hometown of Gibbon at the parade.  Thanks for looking and keep those photos coming! - Joe












Events-


September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.

September 10, Cozad Hay Days 2nd Annual Antique Tractor Show. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Parade to follow at 11:00.  Call Marcus at 308-529-0430 or Levi at 308--325-7083 for more info.  


1955 John Deere 60 with Great Green Candy Machine
2016-06-27T07:36

Hi folks.  Was saddened to hear over the weekend of the death of tractor enthusiast and friend Bob Davis from the Phillipsburg/Agra, Kansas area.  Bob had not been collecting old John Deere tractors that long, but his passion ran deep. 

He was battling health issues and had just contacted me a few weeks ago about someone taking over the duties of rolling through the Alma parade and shooting the Candy Cannon from the "Green Candy Machine" in the parade this year.

Bob passed away Monday, June 20th and his services will be today (Monday), June 27th at 11:00 a.m. at:


Heartland Worship Center
1004 East US 36
Agra, Kansas 67621

To Bob's family, we offer our sincere condolences on Bob's passing.  He certainly loved parades, tractor rides and shows and his smile will be sincerely missed. 

Below are a couple of photos he sent me last month from last year's Alma parade.  Please keep his family in your prayers. - Joe


 

 
July 4th,  Several parades around the area.  Show off your classic machine and celebrate our independence! 
 
September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.
 
1935 John Deere Model A
2016-06-02T01:20

Hi gang.  Sorry for the long time between posts.  As drives and shows ramp up here this summer, I'm hoping to have some new entries for us.

This week, Max Propst from Seward is back with another nice tractor from his collection.  This 1935 Model A was a local tractor according to Max.  He said he was unable to get a lot of info on it, since the previous owner has since passed on.  It was original paint when he purchased it and had a professional paint job done.  Notice the round spoke wheels both front and back.

Max tells me he has been the owner for about 10 years and the only work mechanically the tractor needed was a back rim replaced.   He joked this old "A" is getting a little bit too much to turn over sometimes.  I think a lot of us who had to hand crank these old 2-cylinders can sympathize!

Thanks for dropping the photos by, Max.   Hope to see some of you down the road this summer! - Joe



Events-

June 4, South Central Tractor Drive.  Starts at 9:30 in Elwood, then tour around Johnson Lake. Call John for more information at 308-233-4555.  

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                    antiquefarming.org.  

June 4- Pleasanton Lions Club Parade at 10 a.m. Meet at Nichols Repair at 9:15 a.m.  Antique tractor pull then at 2 p.m.  Weigh in Friday evening, June 3rd from 6p-8p or Sat from 12p-1:30p.  Tractor must be 1959 or older.  
 

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 11, Antique Engine and Tractor Show.  10a.m. to 5p.m. at 24th and Newell in Cozad, Ne. Call Todd for more info at 308-325-5283.   

June 25, Farnam Founders Day Show & Shine.  Parade at 10:30.  Displays from 11:00-3:00.  Registration begins at 8:00a.m.  Cal 308-569-2439 for more info. 

September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.

1973 John Deere 1530
2016-04-16T04:17

***New Events Added Below***

Hi gang.  After a busy few weeks and taking some time to get ready to plant corn, the rain on the plains has given me some time to update our little blog!

Thanks for Joe Culver from the Orleans, Ne area for showing me around their place recently and pulling out some of their machines.  (I have to also thank Joe for the new markers for my planter)  Joe and his dad have a nice variety of Deere's. This little 1530 caught my eye.

Joe's dad, Bob, bought this one in '73 from the JD dealer in Red Cloud, Ne when the new 30-series were hard to come by.  Notice the Minneapolis-Moline weights on the front and the rear wheel weights.  Also the mailbox toolbox!  This tractor runs like a champ and was manufactured Mannheim, Germany.

Thanks for looking and send us your machines to the addresses above! - Joe






June 4, South Central Tractor Drive.  Starts at 9:30 in Elwood, then tour around Johnson Lake. Call John for more information at 308-233-4555. 


June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 11, Antique Engine and Tractor Show.  10a.m. to 5p.m. at 24th and Newell in Cozad, Ne. Call Todd for more info at 308-325-5283.  

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                    antiquefarming.org. 

1939 Ford 9N
2016-03-14T01:23

Hi gang.  Back this week with a very nice Ford 9N and one proud owner.   His name is Roy Deeds from North Platte and here is his entry for us!

Roy Deeds with his grandson, Cyrus and their dog SE of North Platte.


"Here are a couple of recent pictures of my 1939 Ford tractor (serial no. 9N108061) at our place in Moran Canyon southeast of North Platte.  I purchased the Ford at a farm sale near Oconto back in the 70's and have used it for "haying" (mowing and raking) for many years.  It is kind of retired now (like me) but did a nice job of moving snow off the driveway from the early February blast that we received on Groundhog's Day.  I had not needed to put chains on the rear wheels for at least ten years and you cannot believe (Dave Thorell will appreciate this) how much weight those chains have gained over those ten years by simply hanging on the wall of the barn!  I could barely lift them off the hooks.  The Ford is one year older than me."



"Anyway, I enjoy your Tractor of the Week feature and have been a faithful listener to KRVN since they came on the air in 1951. That was a special year for our family because we finally got REA electricity on our rented dry land farm north of Boelus.  What a wonderful event--no more doing chores with a gas lantern or kerosene lamps in the house for light.  And Dad even let us boys have a radio in the barn while milking--KRVN of course."




"Finally, a last word about my Ford tractor.  The only time it has needed "professional" repair was a couple of years ago when Miller Repair of Maxwell performed some much needed maintenance on it--the brakes even work!  Those guys at Miller Repair are truly professional mechanics and such nice people."

Thank, Roy!  Also, we thank you for keeping your radio on KRVN.  As we celebrate National Ag Week this week, it's a great way to do it with these reliable Ford tractors that were so popular across the country.

Keep those submissions coming! - Joe

Events-

April 3 Joint NE Clubs Potluck.  Lunch at 1 p.m. at Alda Village Hall.  

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                    antiquefarming.org.



1953 Farmall Super M
2016-02-14T03:08

Welcome back to our little blog.  Sometimes it takes a significant other to submit a tractor for you on our blog. Terri Licking did just that when she submitted this Farmall Super M for her husband, Wayne. Terry snapped these cool photos of Wayne in action this past summer mowing the ditches.

Wayne told me he's had this tractor since 1970.  He said to notice the IH bellow mower with two cylinders so you can adjust it easier to the ditch.  They live in the Sandhills in Thomas County southwest of Thedford.

We love to see your old iron in action!  Send us your pics of restored tractors or ones still in their work clothes doing the job!

Click on the photos for a closer look. - Joe




Events- 

March 6,  Central NE Antique Tractor & Equipment Club's Toy Show. 9-3 at the St Libory Parish Hall.

April 3 Joint NE Clubs Potluck.  Lunch at 1 p.m. at Alda Village Hall.  

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                    antiquefarming.org.
Send Us Your Photos!
2016-01-31T02:34

Hi gang.  Keep those entries coming.   We've had a couple good weeks with very interesting photos and stories to go along with your old machines.  We can sure use some new ones.



I was looking back through my old emails, and next week we will feature a '53 Super M still doing the job mowing road ditches.  See you next week! - Joe

Events- 

March 6,  Central NE Antique Tractor & Equipment Club's Toy Show. 9-3 at the St Libory Parish Hall.

April 3 Joint NE Clubs Potluck.  Lunch at 1 p.m. at Alda Village Hall. 

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                     antiquefarming.org.
1935 John Deere "A"
2016-01-24T03:05

Hi gang.  Had a nice visit with Leonard Anderson not too long ago and he heard our promo for Tractor of the Week on the radio.  Come to find out, Leonard has a very nice Model A that has been in his family since it was delivered to Ceresco, Nebraska in 1935.

Thanks to Green Magazine for allowing us to use part of their article.  You can read this from the "tractor point of view" in the May 2014 edition.  On Feb 26, 1936 Ludvig Anderson of Swedeburg purchased the tractor from the Farmers Co-op at Ceresco.  It was the primary tractor for the first few years on the farm of Lud with his brother, Oscar.  Lud bought a styled "A" in the early 40's and this one became Oscar's tractor.  It shared work and helped teach Lud's son, LeRoy, how to drive.

Rubber became popular after WWII, so this "A" was taken to Ceresco for a conversion.  The rubber was very pleasant on those 4-mile trips between fields.  Another rookie driver, Lud's 5-year-old grandson, Leonard (the current owner) drove it home from the rubber conversion.

One day, the story goes that Leonard nearly knocked Lud off the hay wagon when he was jerking the clutch.  Lud's response was classic.  "If you can't learn to do better, I'll go home and get the horses; they know what they are doing."

Lud and LeRoy kept the "A" busy farming until 1963 when Lud retired and LeRoy went to work in town. They moved to Wahoo and took the tractor to put it into semi-retirement.  Lud passed in 1973 and left the tractor to Leonard.  Some city cousins used the tractor to pull themselves out when they got stuck, but failed to drain the water and the block froze.  After which, the tractor sat outside and began to deteriorate.  Leonard worked at McClymont Implement in Holdrege for a time and then Welch Implement in York where the tractor sat...waiting to be restored.

Leonard's brother-in-law, Dennis in Indianola, Iowa brought the machine back to life for Leonard in 2011. It immediately went to the Wessels Living History Farms Tractor and Engine Show.  Great timing!  Leonard says the '35 "A" now has a new companion in a JD "L" manure spreader.   Leonard says it's quite appropriate the a retired salesman has the implement best suited to represent him.

The tractor is now used for parties, fairs, parades, tractor shows and other events for old timers.  The article states the tractor has had a good life, is happy to be born and John Deere and has been able to spend all it's years with the same family!

Great story, Leonard!  Thanks for sharing with us.  Check the photos. Especially the one with Lud in the field planting.   Also check our events listings.  See you next time! - Joe

Lud planting during it's first year with the Andersons.
Leonard with his wife, Jeanne.

With Dennis Moural after he brought the "A" back to life.

The A's new job of carting fans around in manure spreaders.

Events- 

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                     antiquefarming.org.
1920 Threshing Crew
2016-01-17T04:28

Hi gang.  Had an interesting email from Barrett Young featuring his great-grandfather who was part of a threshing crew.  Details are below.


The end of the Cascade Threshing Company run in 1920. The company was organized in 1919 with the following members: Dick Kirchhoff, John Dill, Ben Gibson, Herman Mitchel, Earl Towle, Chris Johnson, William Dettmer, Andrew Olsen, and Paul E. Gerard.

This 25 horse power Reeves Engine, water wagon, and 36x56 Aultman-Taylor separator were purchased in 1919, second hand, in the Tekamah, Nebraska vicinity. After using one year, the separator was discarded and a new 36x56 Minneapolis separator, shown in this picture, was purchased.

Pulling 9-16 inch plows in the Tekamah Gumbo Bottoms. The engine was a cross compound equipped for plowing. It had heavy gears, each traction wheel was 3 feet wide, the front wheels, each 16 inches wide. A 3 inch siphoning hose, carried over the cab when not in use, enabled the engine to take water from the water wagon on the move. 2 side tanks and a rear tank under the coal bunk would hold over a ton of coal. It took about 3-12 barrel tanks of water to fill the boiler, the supply tanks and the water wagon, a ton of coal, everything greased, a good hot fire, and the engine was ready to roll. The engine weighed 15 tons empty.

William Dettmer, (kneeling and holding the collie mascot) Max, was the separator man; John Kirchhoff, the water-boy and by the front wheel, Paul Gerard, engineer.

Thanks, Barrett! Click on the picture of a closer look.  More classic Deere's from the York area coming up next week! - Joe





Events- 

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                     antiquefarming.org.