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See a variety of Farmall and Case IH tractors in one place, at the 2023 Farm Progress Show.

Tom J. Bechman

August 23, 2023

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A red Farmall tractor
RED PRIDE: Proud owners of International Harvester tractors will display their iron at the upcoming Farm Progress Show. The Farmall 100th celebration is managed by the Central Illinois IH Collectors, Chapter 10.Tom J. Bechman

Rollie Moore is excited. This year is recognized as the 100th year of the Farmall tractor, and the Illinois farmer is helping his Central Illinois IH Collectors group, Chapter 10, plan big celebrations.

The first is at the Half Century of Progress Show on Aug. 24-27 in Rantoul, Ill. Then, during a red-only tractor drive on Aug. 28 before the Farm Progress Show, up to 70 tractors will drive to special parking spots at the Decatur, Ill., show site, where visitors can see the tractors all three days of the show.

“Owners who participated in the Century of Farmalls lineup at the Half Century Show have priority on securing one of the 70 spots for the tractor drive and exhibition at the Farm Progress Show,” Moore says. “Our goal was to have a tractor made in every year at the Rantoul show.”

That means 99 possible tractors, starting with a 1924 Farmall, at Rantoul. “There was only a limited number of tractors produced in 1923, and they weren’t sold to the public,” Moore explains. “The first commercial Farmall rolled out in 1924.”

Once at the show, head to 12th Street, just west of Central Avenue. Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events director, says you will find 70 tractors that completed the tractor drive to honor Farmall’s 100th anniversary.

“We landed on 70 because it’s the 70th anniversary of the Farm Progress Show,” he adds.

“We’ve allocated a big space for this event because we know there is a lot of excitement around it,” Jungmann says. “It will be a great opportunity to relive history, plus see some tractors from the more modern era. We hope our guests take advantage of this opportunity.”

The display area will approach the size of a standard football field. Moore expects that several of the people who own tractors will be on-site to talk about their tractors during the show.

To learn more, visit the Central Illinois IH Collectors, Chapter 10, website.

The 2023 Farm Progress Show is Aug. 29-31. Learn more at FarmProgressShow.com, and check out the digital edition of the official program.

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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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