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    Antique Plow Day Draws Young and Old

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     by Tyler Harris
     on November 15, 2013

    Last Saturday, I made the trek from Kansas City up to Conway, Iowa – about 45 minutes from where I grew up, to check out the 9th Annual Fall Antique Plow Day. For those who have never been to Conway, it's a town of 40, as of the 2012 Census, in Taylor County in southwest Iowa. Mike Sleep, who lives in Olathe, Kansas, one of the original organizers of the event, says it started with him and a couple friends with plows that hadn't seen daylight in a while, including his own…

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    Old Proverb Rings True With Self-Reliant Farmers

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     by Tyler Harris
     on October 4, 2013

    Although it's not certain who first said it, the proverb, "necessity is the mother of invention" has been translated in Plato works and was used in England as early as the 1500s. Over 500 years later, that expression still rings true, especially among farmer-inventors. Farmers know it's not always practical to have a mechanic fix a broken piece of equipment, and with a little bit of farmer's ingenuity, many opt to fix these issues themselves. The same philosophy applies…

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    Looking Back At The First Nebraska Tractor Tests

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     by Tyler Harris
     on August 23, 2013

    With the launch of the new Gleaner combines in Wichita, and the Farm Progress Show next week, I've been spending a lot of time around new machinery lately. While progress is linear by definition, it's impossible to know how far we've progressed without looking at where we started and the steps we've taken along the way. As I've mentioned before, farmers love their antique iron, which is understandble, considering the major milestones along the way. Looking back…

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    Antique Tractors Aren't Just For Show

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     by Tyler Harris
     on August 6, 2013

    Last week I had the opportunity to tour the northwest Missouri countryside on the 2013 Northwest Missouri Young Farmer and Young Farm Wives Tour. The tour kicked off at College Park Pavilion at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville with an antique tractor show, complete with Allis-Chalmers, Farmalls, John Deeres, and Olivers. These restored antiques are more than just eye candy for farmers, especially those who grew up with them. Farmers love their iron, but these antique…

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    All Kinds Of Antique Tractors Can Be Seen At 4th Of July Celebrations

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     by Tyler Harris
     on July 5, 2013

    I'm a little late, but I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. I spent the holiday back home in southwest Iowa with family and friends I hadn't seen in a while. Like everywhere else, there were plenty of fireworks, in addition to another small rural town summer tradition – antique tractor shows, and even antique tractor pulls. Driving home from Missouri, I definitely saw my fair share of them getting ready. What I've seen more of lately is LPG, or liquefied propane gas…

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    Watch The Roads This Spring

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     by Tyler Harris
     on May 24, 2013

    It's the end of May, and with it is construction season, and this year, delayed planting. This means more traffic on the highways and more to watch out for, with a higher likelihood of an accident. After an interview last Friday, I was driving east back to Kansas City on I-70 near Paxico, Kansas, when I noticed a line of stopped cars ahead. It turns out there was a series of four accidents in a construction zone, which apparently has had several accidents recently. Several…

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    "All Roads Lead To Chicago"

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     by Tyler Harris
     on March 15, 2013

    This week has been filled with Master Farmer Award programs, and many recipients have reflected on how they started farming and the changes they've seen in agriculture through the years. Lately, I've written a lot about how the city and agriculture are interconnected, but Chicago and its history may be one of the best examples. While driving through Illinois to the Prairie Farmer Master Farmer program with executive editor Frank Holdmeyer, I noticed the numerous machinery…

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