Evolution of farming at HHD

The old-timers were hard at work plowing and picking on Tuesday at Husker Harvest Days.

At one of the largest farm shows in the world, with the latest technology in farm equipment, these old-timers were busy showing why their equipment was the talk of the farm community back in the day.

For example, Marcellus Wall of Aurora had his 1936 McCormick-Deering diesel tractor out working the fields on Tuesday, the opening day of the show.

Daren Wall of Aurora uses a crank to start a 1936 McCormick-Deering WD40 tractor Tuesday during an antique tractor field demonstration on the opening day of Husker Harvest Days at the farm show's site west of Grand Island. (Independent/Barrett Stinson)

The McCormick-Deering was the first diesel tractor in the U.S. It started up using gasoline, then switched to diesel. When it was introduced in 1936, Wall said, this was cutting-edge technology. It was the oldest tractor in the plowing demonstration.

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