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All things green.

If you sense a certain green tinge to this issue of Farm Collector, you are not mistaken. The issue opens with a column by Sam Moore, remembering the Lanz Bulldog. The tractor is part of the line created by German industrialist Heinrich Lanz. Eventually in 1956, Deere & Co. purchased Heinrich Lanz AG Mannheim as part of a global expansion.

Interestingly the paths of Deere and Lanz crossed half a century earlier in Moline, Illinois. Eager to learn more about the highly successful American manufacturer and his methods, the 64-year-old Lanz journeyed to America in 1902. In Moline, he met Charles Deere, then head of the family-owned company.


It must have been an amazing journey. Lanz would have spent at least five days on an ocean crossing. Perhaps his inland trip was aboard the 20th Century Limited, inaugurated that June. In Moline, he'd have seen not only some of the biggest and most progressive factory installations anywhere, but also one of the longest rivers in the world. In the end, the visit made a profound impression on Lanz, inspiring him to expand production and invest in mechanization.

Also in this issue: a fascinating overview of the way John Deere's small tractors replaced the horse in many farm operations as early as the mid-1920s. Author Robert N. Pripps digs in deep, exploring both the farmer's reluctance to part ways with Old Dobbin and the competitive forces driving tractor development in the 1930s and '40s.

Deere & Co. was among several leading manufacturers that helped transform the face of agriculture in America. The company's proud heritage reflects the advancement of industrialization in the U.S. It is precisely that heritage that we celebrate in a new Farm Collector Special Collector's Edition.

The Best of John Deere is packed with fascinating articles from the pages of Farm Collector and John Deere TRADITION. Read about cherished family tractors, classic restorations, incredibly rare tractors, memorabilia, implements and more. Stunning photography and illustrations round out the package. This is one you won't want to miss! The Best of John Deere will make its debut at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Sept. 1-4. And if your summer travels take you elsewhere that weekend, you can order this special edition from, or visit the newsstand at your local Tractor Supply Co. You won't want to miss this special edition!


Leslie C. McManus

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Title Annotation:FIRST THINGS
Author:McManus, Leslie C.
Publication:Farm Collector
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:Sep 1, 2016
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