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December 5, 2015 02:07 AM
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What A Day: The Sleigh is Slipping!

This farmer says today’s modern machinery is too big for his 90-year-old, high, narrow roads. Good thing Santa has GPS with drift control!

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email high-resolution images to whataday@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What A Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.

Jon Kinzenbaw

Honored For Serving Farmers

This past November, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) added Jon Kinzenbaw of Kinze Manufacturing and Joe MacDonald of MacDon Industries to the AEM Hall of Fame.

Joe MacDonald

Kinzenbaw’s first patent was for a high-clearance, variable-width moldboard plow. A farmer himself, he built one of the largest privately-held ag equipment manufacturing companies in North America. Local farmers urged him to invent a planter that folded for transport. Other industry firsts include: the two-wheeled grain cart, folding row markers, vacuum-type and brush-type seed meters and a multi-hybrid planter. 

MacDonald transformed Killbery Industries, renamed MacDon Industries, into a world leader in harvesting technologies. In the 1980s, MacDon developed the first dual application draper header to use on windrowers and combines. 

Stat Rack

‘Tis the season for the 350 million Christmas trees growing on farms across the country. Some 100,000 people work in the industry, spreading joy before a billion vacuum cleaners emerge to clean up the mess after the holidays.

15%- Consumers who cut their own trees. 

26%- Christmas trees purchased at choose-and-harvest farms.

26.3 million- Real Christmas trees purchased in 2014, valued at $1 billion, compared with 13.9 million fake trees.

$39.50- Average spent on a real Christmas tree in 2014.

15,494- Farms with Christmas trees in production.

309,365- Acres in Christmas tree production in 2012.



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