Category Archives: machinery

The Iconic Willie Shepherd and His Antique Equipment

This photo is by Darron Birgenheier @FlickrCC. It is of Willie Shepherd, his son, and his dog, who live in Lookout, California. They are running an antique plow behind an antique Case tractor HDR.

Willie collects old tractors, cars, trucks, bulldozers and vehicles of varied and sundry description and he also renovates and runs old steam engines. A few years ago, he had a steam powered sawmill in operation, and for years he’s been showing and demonstrating his equipment for anyone who is interested.

Wheat Harvest Equipment in Italy

Too many city slickers hardly know what goes on in the fields these days, or what the equipment looks like. Those of us in the U.S. are largely ignorant about what is being used in Europe’s fields. In this post, you will see how Italy harvests wheat and puts barley into storage on at least one farm. These wheat and barley harvest photos were taken in Viterbo, Italy, on July 25, 2014.

First up, we see a Fiatagri Laverda 3550 AL combine harvester transferring durum wheat to a waiting tractor and trailer after cutting a field during the summer harvest.

Here we see the same combine moving across a field of durum wheat in Italy.

Here’s a close-up of the Fiatagri Laverda 3550 AL combine harvester which is being used.

A front loading multi farm vehicle, manufactured by Merlo Ltd. is shown dumping a bucket of durum wheat into the storage area of a farm building.

Next we have two barley into storage bag pictures… A front loading multi farm vehicle, manufactured by Merlo Ltd., dumps a bucket of barley into a storage tunnel on a farm in Viterbo, Italy.

Another view: The Benfra bulldozer uses the front bucket to transfer barley into a storage tunnel.

All of these photos were taken by Alessia Pierdomenico for Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Inside a New Holland Plant – How a Tractor is Made

This series of photos illustrates the inside of tractor assembly plant. The CNH Industrial NV’s New Holland factory is in the U.K.

CNH Industrial hopes to more than double profit by 2018 as the maker of Iveco trucks and New Holland tractors sets its sights on expansion in Asia. It is an American-Italian company that is registered in the United Kingdom.

The first photo shows an employee fitting wheel nuts to the wheel hub of a New Holland tractor on the production line at CNH Industrial NV’s assembly plant in Basildon, U.K., on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Below, an employee works in the cab of a New Holland tractor as it sits on the production line at CNH Industrial NV’s assembly plant in Basildon, U.K., on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Next, an employee wears a protective white suit as he paints rear sections of a New Holland tractor.

Employees work on the cab of a New Holland tractor as it sits on the on the production line.

An employee performs final inspection checks.

New Holland T6 tractors travel along the production line.

Newly manufactured New Holland tractors stand parked in a yard ahead of shipping.

The photographer for all of the above photos is Simon Dawson for Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Missouri Tractor on Rural Road


Tractor on rural road in Moniteau County, Missouri.
Photo by by Cathy Morrison, MoDOT. July 10, 2014.

Today’s larger, spread-out farms, and today’s huge machinery, including tractors and combines, are causing a problem on rural highways. There are many accidents which result, too. Each state keeps statistics on farm equipment road-related accidents and people might be surprised if they knew the numbers.

From the farmer’s perspective, urban areas keep encroaching on his/her territory, plus the roads get busier and busier, which makes moving equipment around extremely difficult, as I’ve heard expressed by local farmers here in Boulder County. Often it must be done in the wee off-hours of the day or it would be altogether impossible.

This is an under-reported story that one of my agricultural writer-follower friends needs to take up and run with.