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IH Tractors Plow 90 Acres In One Pass
"People loved being part of this world record attempt," says Bob Off of Tipton, Ind. Last October, he and other organizers rounded up 192 International Harvester tractors and Cub Cadets to plow one continuous furrow with 532 plow bottoms. They plowed a 740-ft. wide swath one mile long (just under 90 acres) in less than 45 minutes.
    Dennis Miesner, editor/publisher of Red Power magazine, was there to record it with aerial photos of the dirt darkening behind the swarm of tractors and plows. He ran a story and photos in the Jan./Feb. 2009 issue (www.redpowermagazine.com).
    Participants came from 12 states and Canada. Tractors ranged from 1920's regular IH's to a relatively modern 88 IH. In fact, a 1985 7488 IH led the line of tractors.
    "We grouped them in series," Off says, noting it took a couple of hours to line everyone up. People were on hand to record the event for a possible record.
    The weekend continued with music, a bonfire/wiener roast with entertainment and more plowing - about 550 acres altogether.
    People are asking for another mass plowing event, Off says. No formal plans have been made, but organizers are considering doing it again.
    "It's good exercise for the old equipment. It's a lost art," says Off.    
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Off, 3485 S. St. Rd. 19, Tipton, Ind. 46072 (ph 765 675-2530; easybob@tds.net).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2