History

Machinery Pete: 100 HP Tractors Holding Value in Used Tractor Market

May 29, 2015

The hottest segment of the used tractor market the past two years? That would be smaller horsepower models.

The mountain of auction sale prices I’ve been compiling for nearly 26 years supports this trend. A recent example came from a nice farm auction in east-central Wisconsin on April 23, 2015.

Sold for $23,000 on April 23, 2015 farm auction in eastern Wisconsin

On this sale was a John Deere 6603 2WD tractor with 803 hours on it (pictured above). It was a “one owner” tractor in very good condition. It sold for $23,000. Pretty strong price for a 2WD model I thought.

Exploring the John Deere Emissions Journey

May 18, 2015

When the John Deere engineering team gets to work, they strive towards production with integrity. Deere’s machines are built from the ground up as a complete solution for their intended use, which is why they design their machines as a complete vehicle. Many of their machines feature their own engine, drivetrain, hydraulics, cooling system, and more, allowing components to work together because they were designed together.

John Deere Emissions

With decades of experience in the off-highway diesel engine business, Deere is always researching and developing construction and forestry engines that meet strict emissions standards.

John Deere Timeline: Early Equipment Safety and Environmental Protection Milestones

April 29, 2015

John Deere equipment is internationally known for its quality and commitment to customers, following their founder’s famous “I will never put my name on a product that does not have in it the best that is in me” mantra. However, the company focuses on more than just quality equipment. Community, safety, health, and the environment are all critical cogs in the wheels that make Deere run.

Kid Outside

To better illustrate the company’s roots and continued commitment to these values, we’ve put together a John Deere timeline filled with 20th century equipment safety and environmental protection milestones. Enjoy!

John Deere 7810 Tractors are Hot at Today’s Auctions

February 10, 2015

Deere made the 150 horsepower 7810 model tractor from 1997-2003, making today’s tractors 12-18 years old now. Yet, they are proving to be worth more money as they age.

From 1996 through 2007, the highest auction sale price I saw on a John Deere 7810 tractor was $78,000…on a January 21, 2005 farm auction in northwest Illinois where a 2000 model with only 590 hours hit the $78K mark.

Since 2008 how many JD 7810’s have I seen sold over $80,000? Try a whopping 29. Wow.

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8 John Deere Vintage Tractor Toys to Add to Your Collection

February 9, 2015

Whether you’re a toy collector or have a child who loves tractors, why not take a look at the line of vintage tractor toys from John Deere?

Vinatge Tractor

These tractors are not only fun to play with, but they are beautifully designed for collectors who want to put them on display. Here is a look at eight vintage tractor toys from John Deere.

1) John Deere 1952 Vintage Tractor Model 60

John Deere Model 60

This tractor is a die cast model of the 1952 vintage tractor made by John Deere. It is a 1/16 scale, and it’s accurate right down to the wheels.

Interview with Michael Jordan, Mississippi Ag and Arkansas Ag: John Deere Dealer Spotlight

December 1, 2014

The harvesting season is one of the busiest times of the year for John Deere dealers around country. Have you ever wondered how dealerships handle the influx of customers looking for new equipment, parts, service, and additional information as harvesting season arrives? Look no further, as we take a closer look at life at a John Deere dealership during this time.

Mississippi Ag and Arkansas Ag Logo

Last week, we spoke with Casey Seymour, of PrairieLand Partners. Today, we will provide a recap of a conversation we had (October, 17) with Michael Jordan, used equipment manager at Mississippi Ag and Arkansas Ag. Excerpts from our conversation can be found below:

Interview with Casey Seymour, PrairieLand Partners: John Deere Dealer Spotlight

November 24, 2014

The harvesting season is one of the busiest times of the year for John Deere dealers around country. Store floors become flooded with customers looking for new equipment, parts, service, and additional information that could benefit their operation. If it weren’t for these dealerships, and their hard-working employees, our nation’s crop producers would likely face a number of insurmountable challenges.

Casey Seymour

Interview with Eric McCready, AgriVision: John Deere Dealer Spotlight

November 17, 2014

The harvesting season is a busy time for John Deere dealers. Store floors become flooded with customers looking for new equipment, parts, service, and additional information that could benefit their operation. If it weren’t for these dealerships, and their hard-working employees, our nation’s crop producers would likely face a number of insurmountable challenges.

AgriVision Logo

To learn a little bit about the role of John Deere dealerships (and their personnel), during the harvesting season, we’ve reached out to a few professionals that were kind enough to take some time out of their busy schedules, and share some of their experiences and industry knowledge. Today, we will provide a recap of a conversation we had with Eric McCready, who works as a used equipment manager at the Pacific Junction, IA, AgriVision location. Excerpts from our conversation are as follows:

John Deere Sprayer Timeline: A Look back on Eight Decades of Innovation

November 3, 2014

For more than 80 years, John Deere has been providing spraying equipment to American farmers looking to efficiently provide nutrients to their crops. While the technology has advanced significantly, the premise has remained unchanged; keep up with customer demands and stay on the cutting-edge.

John Deere Sprayer in field

So, how did we get to where we are today? Let’s take a look back in time and revisit some of the most monumental moments of John Deere Sprayer innovation.

1930: John Deere promotes three different row-crop sprayers with Novo engine drive, tractor drive, and traction drive. These sprayers included 150-gallon cypress tanks and an angle iron boom, an exclusive John Deere feature.

10 Memorable Farming Quotes from Famous Figures

September 16, 2014

Agricultural production has been a staple of the United States from the beginning. Year-round, American farmers leverage all the land has to offer in an effort to provide necessities for the world’s ever-expanding population. Over time, there have been a number of memorable quotes from historical figures that put it all into perspective for those that don’t make a living on the farm.

Farming Quotes

To honor our American farmers and share some of these famous farming quotes as we head into peak harvest season, we’ve put together a list of ten of our favorites. Enjoy, and feel free to share with friends!