Tailgate Talk

September 26, 2015 02:50 AM
Tailgate Talk

What A Day: Son’s First Load

Something went wrong as this young farmer pulled his first haul from the field. It ended with two empty grain carts and a ticket for “failure to yield.”

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.


Farming Like They Do in the Movies

Few movie buffs are as into tractors as Aaron Fintel of 21st Century Equipment in western Nebraska. In a recent Machinery Pete video, Fintel and Greg Peterson discuss the history of farm machinery as seen on the big screen. 

In “Footloose,” Kevin Bacon’s character brought rock ’n’ roll and dancing to a small Midwestern town. But Fintel remembers it as the movie where a 1080 Massey and a 2840 or 2940 John Deere wrecked during a game of tractor chicken. “As a child growing up that really made me mad because the Massey wrecked,” Fintel says. 

Some of Fintel’s other favorite movies featuring farm equipment include: “Race Against the Harvest” (1987), with a John Deere and Gleaner custom cutter showdown, and the use of Massey equipment labeled as Wheat King in “Superman III” (1983). Watch the full video at www.FarmJournal.com/Fintel. 

Stat Rack

Slightly more than half of U.S. grain storage is on-farm, which totaled 13.1 billion bushels in 2014.

Here’s how on-farm storage stacks up by state:

20% – Texas

24% – Oklahoma

27% – Kansas

43% – Arkansas

50% – Illinois

52% – Wisconsin

56% – Ohio

57% – Michigan

57% – Nebraska

57% – Tennessee

58% – Iowa

62% – Indiana

63% – Mississippi

67% – South Dakota

68% – Minnesota

68% – Missouri

68% – North Dakota

73% – Kentucky 

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