South Dakota man finds satisfaction farming with horses
Alan Sorensen walks beside a friend, Gus Craven, as he tries his hand at the horse-drawn corn planter.
A relic abandoned in a quiet corner of the barn? Not hardly. This John Deere no. 999 corn planter is a working implement on Alan Sorensen's South Dakota farm. Deere & Co. produced the 999 planter from 1913 into the mid-1940s.
The John Deere no. 999 corn planter was shown in red in a 1916 branch catalog.
Alan has used a John Deere no. 999 2-row horse-drawn corn planter for more than 30 years to plant 5 acres of corn on his farm east of Yankton, S.D. He bought this planter nearly 20 years ago at a nearby farm sale for $40.
The familiar John Deere logo is emblazoned on the top of this seed can.