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Heritage Iron Magazine was founded in 2008 in order to fill a need for those interested in muscle tractors. Heritage Iron features all brands, all makes, and all models of muscle tractors from the 1960’s to mid 1980’s including the equipment used by the tractors. Each issue highlights a featured tractor and presents a detailed account of the tractor, its attributes, its history, and its owner. Other regular features in the magazine are machinery milestones, letters to the editor, equipment and company history, classified ads, auction results, an editor’s page, farm toys, literature and memorabilia.
Plow Day - It’s a term or event that has gained in popularity in recent years. What was once a “day in the field” is now a social event and a play day for the boys and their toys. Even some of the gals have joined in to participate in this pastime chore.
In a century of minimum tillage, the moldboard plow has been retired to the fencerow or been hauled to the salvage yard. Gone are the days of watching behind you as the rich soil rolls over to provide a landing strip for flocks of birds looking for their next meal.
Just down the road a group of locals decided to host a plow day. At the turnoff was a simple cardboard sign with the words PLOW DAY and a yellow arrow. Parked in the field were semis that hauled in tractor/plow units. A parade of driven tractors emerged on the field as spectators sat around on tailgates, RTVs and bales of straw. It wasn’t just to sit and watch soil turn over. It was so much more.
Plow days are a chance to reminisce about the older farming methods using the tractors that were designed to do just that. It’s a chance for a man to show his skills in the proper setting of a plow. It’s a time for a little bit of friendly rivalry between the red guys and green guys and all the other colors of the rainbow that use to exist. It’s a time for people to slow down, visit and enjoy the company of both men and machines. It’s a “down to Earth” day….literally.
If you hear of a Plow Day in your neighborhood, go shine up your moldboards and join in the fun. Your tractor will thank you.