Old tractors help Nebraska farmer's hail recovery

7/22/2014 11:15 AM
By Associated Press

HEARTWELL, Neb. (AP) — Some old tractors that had been entered in a special plowing event also were deployed to help a south-central Nebraska farmer turn a hail-torn cornfield into a future field of winter wheat.

The tractors were among the nearly 50 registered for the 17th annual Heartwell Plow Day on Saturday. The Plow Day event is for tractors made in the 1960s and earlier. They were hooked to older plows that would be dwarfed alongside today's massive machines.

Organizers were planning to turn over a field of wheat stubble belonging to Glen Haselbarth, the Hastings Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/11KCE3E ). But the event location was moved to another of his fields, which sits about 4 miles away, southwest of Heartwell.

About 80 acres of corn there and 10 acres of alfalfa nearby were torn up by hailstorms that blasted parts of Adams, Buffalo, Kearney and Webster counties on July 9.

"I've never had this bad of damage on my stuff since I've been farming," said Haselbarth, who's been farming since the 1970s. "It was kind of an unusual storm."

Haselbarth decided to shred the damaged cornstalks and then have the field plowed in anticipation of planting wheat this fall.

On Saturday farmers climbed aboard their vintage machines and worked the ground, cheered on by people who'd come to see them in action. Organizers said the annual Plow Day attracts people who share a love of old tractors and enjoy the camaraderie of raising some dust together.

"Everyone's got a little nostalgia in them, to think about how your ancestors did stuff," Haselbarth said.

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Information from: Hastings Tribune, http://www.hastingstribune.com


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