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Deere Set To Introduce First Rotary Combine?
One of the hottest topics on the internet these days is the rumor that Deere & Company is finally ready to come out with its first rotary combine. It's been widely known for more than 20 years that Deere has had a prototype rotary out in the field. But until now, company officials have always stated that there was no need to market it because conventional combines performed better.
  We called Deere spokesman Barry Nelson and he would not confirm or deny the rumors about a new combine. But we found a fellow named Tom Langan, who farms near Alma Center, Wis., who says he has photos of the new rotary. He got the photos from a friend who tested the combine on his own farm but who does not want his name revealed. Langan told FARM SHOW he doesn't like the way big machinery companies are so secretive about new equipment. So he set up a web site dedicated to "exposing" Deere's new combine and posted pictures there along with a copy of Deere's patent on its new rotary. You can see the photos at http:// discover-net.net/~twlangan/deere1.htm.
  The rumor gained credibility for us when Deere recently announced that it will be introducing a new line of combines in August, along with other new products. FARM SHOW will be there to take a look.

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4