First Things

Seen it all? Don't give up yet!

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By now, you've been to shows from coast to coast. Chances are, you're thinking you've seen it all. So we've worked overtime on this issue of Farm Collector to deliver you "something different" - things you probably didn't see on the summer show circuit.

Let's start with Brian Dagan's 1918 Nilson Jr. You'd have to look long and hard to find another one. Brian knows - he's tried. "There may be others," he says, "but I haven't seen them or heard specifically about them." The Nilson Jr. is a rare bird, to be sure, but it's also unique … check out Bill Vossler's in-depth article to learn more.

Peanuts anyone? Writer Rocky Womack takes us back to the days when peanuts were harvested using horse-drawn equipment. He introduces us to Bob Harrell, an army of one who's made it his mission to ensure that traditional farming practices - including the peanut harvest - are not lost to time.

We wrap up your plate of "something different" with a piece on tractor loaders. This is something different for Farm Collector; but the loader has become such a familiar sight on the farm, paired with farm tractors, that it seemed a reasonable part of the mix. Hank Will jumps in with both feet, tracing the history of the Hough loader and Hough's inventive genius, and takes a look at today's collectible, but fully functional loaders.

Something else you didn't see on the show circuit: that white stuff that sneaked onto the cover of this issue. Just looking at it was a relief for us in the heat of late July, while this issue was in production. But the next time we see snow, the tables will be turned. No matter: When the February issue of Farm Collector arrives, it'll be full of your photos from the 2006 show season … a happy reminder of summer in the middle of winter!

Send us your best show photos by Nov. 1, and we'll print all we have space for. Send original prints (but make a copy as none will be returned) or digital images (300 dpi or camera's finest setting). Include names of people in the photo if you can, tell us when and where the photo was taken, and the name of the show, as well as any relevant information. Be sure to provide the name of the photographer, and include your name and phone number (or e-mail address), in case we have questions. Send the photos to Farm Collector Show Photos, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Don't miss this chance to showcase your show season favorites!

Leslie McManus, Editor
lmcmanus@ogdenpubs.com