A one-of-a-kind package: A 1922 Fordson tractor with the Ronning ensilage harvester hooked to it, restored and owned by Roger Dale.
The Ronning ensilage harvester was a single-row machine.
Corn was brought into the cutter and up the elevator to be cut.
In its original configuration, this Ronning harvester is hooked to a 1922 Fordson tractor. The implement was restored in vivid shades of red and green, the original color scheme, according to the inventor’s daughter.
The single support wheel of the Ronning ensilage harvester. The rest of the unit’s weight is held against the tractor.
Roger with the Ronning ensilage harvester in a threshing show parade. Driving the machine is a dirty job, Roger says, because the tractor’s fan and steel wheels fling up grass, dirt and debris.
Photo courtesy Joanne Dale.
A close-up of the cast iron gears on the Ronning ensilage harvester. The metal is so brittle, Roger says, it would be dangerous to operate the piece.
Photo courtesy Nikki Rajala.
Original literature shows the Ronning ensilage harvester’s one wheel.
Image courtesy Roger Dale and Adair Kelley.
Original Ronning literature shows the implement at work, dumping cut silage into a wagon.