Tailgate Talk

April 23, 2016 01:40 AM
Tailgate Talk

By Dan Anderson and Sara Brown


What A Day: Feeling the Heat

Early warm weather lit a fire under this farmer to do some tillage. But just as he pulled into the field, sparks began to fly. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

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.

World’s Fastest Tractor


NASCAR veteran Jack Donohue of North Carolina set a new land-speed record for farm tractors this past fall when he drove his 8N Ford 96 mph. The previous record, which went unchallenged for 81 years, was 68 mph.

The 71-year-old driver started with a 1952 limited-production 8N Ford that came with an optional flathead V8 engine. The hot-rodded engine now pushes 300 hp through the massaged stock transmission and differential. The front tires are racing tires, and the rear tires are from a Boeing 747. “It’s a little twitchy at speed,” Donohue admits. “But I think we can break 100 this summer at Bonneville.”

Stat Rack

Farm animals are amazing—and these animals hold Guinness World Records to prove it:

5- Most calves born in a single birth, at the Santa Clara Ranch in Mexico. Each calf weighed 35 lb.

16 oz.- Heaviest chicken egg, laid by a White Leghorn hen in New Jersey. 

24.07"- Shortest cow, from hoof to withers, named “Manikyam,” raised in Kerala, India.

37.5"- Largest horn circumference on an African watusi steer named “Lurch,” raised in Alabama.

90 lb. 9.76 oz- Most wool sheared in one shearing from “Chris,” an errant sheep found in Australia. 

478,163 lb.- Lifetime milk production by “Smurf,” a Holstein cow owned by La Ferme Gillette Inc. Dairy Farm in Canada.

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