a “superb history of the tractor and this long-forgotten period of capitalism in U.S. agriculture.”

Michael Taube, The Wall Street Journal

Neil joins Open Field Radio to talk about how he came to join John Deere, John Deere green, his experience on the History Channel, his favorite historical items, and more! Listen now!

Did William Butterworth Oppose John Deere’s First Tractor?

For decades, William Butterworth, John Deere’s third president, has been the scapegoat, the person to blame for Deere’s “late” entrance into the tractor business. I think it’s time to let him off the hook. Deere’s tractor development program began in 1912. The industry at that time was nascent. There were thirty-one manufacturers with industry sales…

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Top Ten John Deere History Books

‘Tis the season for a list, and in the spirit of the season, here are my top ten books about John Deere history. I’ve spent twenty years providing historical research services in the John Deere Archives, and over time, strong subject trends appear. Based on those requests, here are my top ten books on the…

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