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The Ploughman Homeward Plods His Weary Way


Regular readers may remember this was an annual series...

Image taken on 9/3/2005 16:30

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.


This is just about the way of it with me over here, with the bro-in-law's Icelandic pony girls, Hulda and Ragna, and a John Deere 630 tractor of my grandfather's, and my late Uncle Emmett's old Ford 800. I sort of bundle along with a fifty-year-old (!) JD 45 SP combine, too, the pity of the neighborhood. But the shoe is on the other boot, naturally, as of course /I/ don't owe "a single sonofabitch a God-damn dime!" Thanks for the pictures, what sort of tractor be it, a DB?

I am in the process of persuading the wife to let me buy and store an old minneapolis moline out in America

Thud, I reckon as of right now that a John Deere 80 diesel or an MM G VI propane-fired tractor are just about the best jobs for the county fair tractor pulls, you can pull yourself a Hell of a long way up through the weight classes with 'em, too! What model are you after?

Meanwhile, Tim D, thanks for your kind email, my grandfather bought the JD 630 in 1959 (it has the faired-in steering shaft) and the old Ford is from annent 1954.

Here is an affectionate memoir about the present state of affairs, here on the North coast of Ioway, in the Minnesota southern tier:


But that ain't a plough....

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