• Frank Holdmeyer

    Old Tractors Never Die

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on September 9, 2013

      My wife's grandfather bought a new John Deere A tractor in 1951. We still have that tractor and it runs well.  I've always loved those old "two-lungers." In fact, I 'cut my teeth' on my grandfather's 1939 John Deere B mowing pastures with a sickle mower. My son and his family recently attended a parade as part of steam engine days in Mabel, Minn.  "A straight hour of old tractors going by!  Papa would have loved it! I took some…

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    Hay Expo attracts hay growers from South America

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on June 25, 2013

      Part of the fun of my job is meeting people from all over country and even the world. And last week's Hay Expo was no exception. The Hay Expo was held June 19 and 20 on the Regancrest Dairy farm north of Waukon. A record number of exhibitors put their latest technology and equipment on display. Field demonstrations included mowing, tedding, merging, raking, baling, hay handling and forage harvesting. I'm sure the farmers who had to stay home and finish planting or make…

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    Hay Expo Useful Tool: Tedders

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on May 27, 2013

      I grew up on a beef cow farm in east central Missouri. That means we needed and put up quite a bit of hay. It also means we experienced what a lot of growers may experience this spring – rain on mowed hay. With a wet spring that seems to hang on, getting that first cutting of hay up could be a challenge. I've never forgotten my dad saying after one of those untimely rains, 'I sure wish we had a tedder.' Not sure why he never looked for one but I also know I…

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