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70 Deere Dís Lined Up To Plow
It was a big day on July 23, 2022, in Nappanee, Ind., when nearly 70 John Deere D tractors from all over the U.S. took to the field at the same time. The event was part of Classic Greenís John Deere D Centennial Celebration. In 2023, the grand old tractor will turn 100 years old.
The John Deere D tractor was produced by Deere from 1923 to 1953. The D had the longest model run of any John Deere tractor.
The celebration almost didnít happen. On the morning of the event, the area where the plowing was to take place received around 2 in. of rain. Michael Ostrander, Columbia City, Ind., was one of the main planners and the contact person for the event. When called to see if the event was still on, he said, ďItís supposed to clear off around eleven, so I think we can plow!Ē
While waiting for the rain to clear, tractor drivers and viewers all gathered in a beautiful barn with the food and Merlin Yoderís amazing tractor collection. Classic Green had a table where they shared information about upcoming events.
Ostrander was optimistic about the plowing prospects. He said the soil would go because itís a bit sandy, and he was right. After Green Magazine contributors Tyler Bucheit and David Wolfe provided a Plow Adjustment seminar showing the drivers how they should set their plows for the day, tractors and plows started rolling around 1:00 p.m.
It was an amazing sight with Dís from all the different years pulling plows up and down the fields. This was a sight right out of a 1920ís farm magazine.
Ostrander, who has four model D tractors himself, added that this kind of event is in demand because ďpeople want to use their tractors.Ē
For more information about upcoming Classic Green events, log onto their event page at www.classicgreen.org. Better yet, join and find out first-hand what is happening.

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2022 - Volume #46, Issue #5