For Immediate Release
Leslie McManus, editor: 309-207-0700,
Richard Backus, editor in chief: 785-274-4383,


Inside the January Issue of
Farm Collector, on Newsstands Dec. 16



Ahead of its Time — A Minnesota collector buys a one-of-a-kind Ronning ensilage harvester without knowing what it was. A chance meeting with the inventor’s daughter gives him insight into the harvester’s forward-thinking design — many of the patents were later used in International Harvester and McCormick-Deering lines — as well as a new friend. Page 20 

High Plains Heritage — Nebraska’s panhandle produced large amounts of sugar beets and dry beans throughout the first half of the 1900s. The Farm and Ranch Museum in Gering, Neb., preserves the area’s sugar beet, bean and other farming history, including the equipment used. Page 23 

Mechanizing the Farm  Advancements in hay-cutting technology spurred production advances in other areas of farming. In the last installment of a three-part series, discover how hay presses helped farmers meet market demands. Page 28 

Northern Lights — Hundreds of vintage tractors from across the Midwest turn out for the first-ever Mackinac Bridge crossing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Page 31 

45 at 50  Herb Bohrer of Springfield, Idaho, restores a 1958 John Deere 45 combine in time to show it off for its 50th birthday. Page 32 

Threshing with Horses — The Calvin family shows attendees of the annual Miami Valley Steam Threshers show in Plain City, Ohio, how farmers in the late 1800s threshed wheat and baled hay using old-fashioned “horse power.” Page 34 

The Day Fate Intervened at the County Fair  This book excerpt from Tractor in the Haystack by Scott Garvey recounts the story of a collector who reunites with the 1946 Farmall H from his childhood in Iowa when he finds himself in the right place at the right time. Page 16

And much more...

About Farm Collector

Farm Collector ( is a monthly publication celebrating vintage farm equipment. Since 1998, Farm Collector has featured unique collections, extensive renovation projects, early farm practices and related attractions. Enthusiasts also turn to Farm Collector for previews of notable shows and auctions, and extensive classified advertising.

About Ogden Publications Inc.

Ogden Publications Inc. (, based in Topeka, Kan., is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Its brands include industry authorities Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, The Herb Companion, Capper’s, Grit, Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine, Motorcycle Classics and Good Things to Eat. In addition to its media portfolio, Ogden Publications offers a complete line of individual accident, health and life insurance and annuity products through its Capper’s Insurance Service division. Capper’s Insurance Service serves individuals in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa.

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