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Gleaner wants you to help celebrate 85 years.

More than three-quarters of a century ago, the Baldwin-Gleaner brand of combines was born in a small building in south central Kansas. This year, Gleaner – now a part of Agco – wants you to help celebrate the 85th year of the brand, buy sending photos of Gleaner combines in action to the corporate office in Georgia…

  • From the Agco Web site: "This summer we will be producing a commemorative book featuring the Great Silver Fleet. We need you to send photos of Gleaners in action. Historic photos are what is needed most but we are also seeking photos of people doing pretty much anything with their machine (see some example images on the right side of this page). Photos with identified people in them will be given preference. Please contact friends, customers and employees to get their best shots of Gleaners and Gleaner people…"
  • The first 50 to submit photos, whether used or not, will receive an 85th Anniversary Gleaner cap. Those whose photos are used in the book will receive a complimentary copy of the book. The book will officially be released during a Gleaner dealer meeting at the Agco manufacturing facility in Hesston in 2009…
  • For more details, log onto: www.agcoiron.com/default.cfm?PID=1.23.5 … 
  • That wheat harvest is behind this year, is not surprising given the cool, damp weather of this spring. Some farmers, however, may not have a crop to harvest at all, according to the Hutchinson News…
  • A Memorial Day weekend storm featured hail and severe rain, which pounded Scott, Lane and Finney counties in southwest Kansas, shredding a once-promising wheat crop. Elsewhere in that part of the state received nary a drop of rain, further stressing wheat and recently-planted row crops…
  • In south central Kansas, wheat looks promising – if it can beat a late-advancing onslaught of leaf rust to harvest. According to the Winfield Courier, southern counties from Montgomery to Sumner show signs of leaf rust, but the crop is too far along to spray with fungicides…
  • We haven't touched on renewable energy for awhile, but rest assured, plenty is happening on that front. Last month, folks at the Paseo-Cargill Energy biodiesel plant in Kansas City announced the plant meets BQ9000 Accredited Producer quality assurance certification…
  • The plant is operated by Paseo Biofuels, Cargill and the Missouri Soybean Association, and produces 40-million gallons of soybean-based biodiesel per year. Eleven farmers serve on the board of directors…
  • Near Albion, Nebraska, last week, VeraSun cut the ribbon on a 110-million-gallon per-year ethanol plant that will use some 40 million bushels of corn each year.
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