Farm4Fun - Celebrating 100 Years of the John Deere Model "D"
Joining us are two distinguished guests: Chris Boyens, manager of the Classic Green Collectors Club, and Hans Knutson, owner of a remarkable display tractor. We'll dive into the Classic Green Collectors Club's mission of preserving and celebrating vintage John Deere tractors, uncovering its origins and pivotal role in uniting enthusiasts. Then, prepare to be transported to the early 20th century as we explore the John Deere Model "D" Tractor, a game-changer in agricultural history. Discover the technological marvels, societal impacts, and the lasting legacy of this iconic machine. Plus, we'll discuss the broader world of John Deere tractors, their collector communities, and the art of restoration.
Chris Boyens – manger of the Classic Green Collectors club
Hans Knutson (owner of display tractor)
- Introduce the Classic Green Collectors Club as an organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating vintage John Deere tractors and equipment
- Discuss the origins of the club, its mission, and its role in connecting enthusiasts
Origins and Development of the John Deere Model "D" Tractor
- Introduce the John Deere Model "D" Tractor as a pivotal point in the company's history
- Give us context of agricultural machinery in the early 20th century
- Explore the factors that led to the development of the Model "D" Tractor
- What’s the significance of the letter “D”
Technological Innovations and Features
- Dive into the key technological innovations and design features of the Model "D" Tractor
- What was cutting edge at the time?
- Engine specifications, power output, and mechanical advancements
- Big Horse?
- How it contributed to increased efficiency and productivity for farmers
- The Model "D" Tractor revolutionized farming practices at the time
- What accompanied the “roll out” of the D?
- Tillage tools, etc…
Cultural and Societal Implications
- Was there ever societal impact of the Model "D" Tractor on rural communities
- Did it influenced the way farmers worked, lived, and connected with one another
- What were the tractor's role during wartime efforts and its contributions to food production
Legacy and Evolution
- Explore the lasting legacy of the John Deere Model "D" Tractor in agricultural history
- How subsequent tractor models built upon the innovations of the Model "D"
- Highlight any collector or enthusiast communities that celebrate and preserve these tractors
- What makes a tractor special or collectible?
- How do those looking to collect learn about the process?
- Preservation and Restoration
- Talk about the efforts to preserve and restore Model "D" Tractors today
- What about the one that is here at the FPS
- Resources for listeners interested in learning more about restoration or acquiring their own Model "D"
What else did we miss?
- Are there other models of JD tractors that played the same role?
- What’s the next big anniversary coming up with Deere?
- What do you enjoy most about farming or working with farmers?