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Here’s a Farmall implement you don’t see every dayHere’s a Farmall implement you don’t see every day

Hoosier Perspectives: In this edition of Forgotten Tool: The unique implement on this Farmall F-20 tractor met a need of that day and age.

Tom J. Bechman

September 14, 2023

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mystery implement mounted on a tractor
WHAT AM I? Unless you live and breathe Farmall antique tractors and equipment, you may not have seen this implement before. It was on parade at the Pioneer Engineers Club reunion near Rushville, Ind., this summer. Tom J. Bechman

The tractor parade at the Pioneer Engineers Club reunion near Rushville, Ind., included over 300 tractors and implements. Perhaps none was as eye-popping as this one, mounted on a Farmall F-20. It’s the year celebrating 100 years of Farmall tractors and equipment, and this implement would rank high on the list of most unique ever devised.

Can you identify it? There is no model number. Instead, it bears a name, printed on the machine itself. The name says exactly what the machine is and what it does. Get as close to that description as you can, and you will be entered in a drawing among all correct entries for a $25 gift card.

Email entries to [email protected], or mail to 599 N., 100 W., Franklin, IN 46131. Include your physical mailing address.

Old-time ensilage cutter

The implement featured in the Forgotten Tool column in the August issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer and online was indeed a Papec ensilage cutter and blower. Performing two functions, it would first cut up whole cornstalks fed into the machine. Then it would blow chopped material into a silo.

It wasn’t 240-bushel-per-acre corn that the implement was chopping, and most silos weren’t 60 or more feet tall. Still, the old belt-driven Papec was recognized as a quality tool in its day.

Congratulations to Glenn Hefner, Kouts, Ind., for winning the drawing of all correct entries. And thanks to everyone who took time to share their experiences, either using an implement like the one pictured, or hearing Dad or Grandpa talk about using it.

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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