More than 100 entries spanning 15 states poured in for Project Fresh Start. The Precision Planting pit crew will soon pick up the winning machine and refurbish it from hitch pin to closing wheels.
It was Robin Goessling’s nomination for her son, Luke, that rose to the top. The Whitewater, Wis., family has dealt with many hardships, but the hardest thing for them to overcome was the sudden death of the father of the family, Ralph, on New Year’s Eve 2009.
In 1996, Ralph bought "Maria," a John Deere 1780 12/23 row planter. The machine was named after the first time Ralph had his new planter in the field—Robin was videotaping from the truck and the Brooks & Dunn song "My Maria" was playing on the radio.
This 2010 season was Luke’s first time in the field by himself, and in 2011 Maria will be refurbished by the Precision Planting pit crew.
We’ll follow Maria through the process and into the field this spring.