Holidays on the Farm
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

With the holiday season upon us as this blog entry is posted, I reflected on memories from that season and what we used to do on our farm. Regardless of the day, chores still had to be completed morning and night: animals had to be fed, manure had to be hauled, and other routines of life continued, although we made a few adjustments on the holidays themselves. On Christmas Day, for example, it wasn’t uncommon to give the cows the … Read the rest of the story…

Hart-Parr 30-60 – November/December 2014 Cover Story
Patrick Ertel


This 1914 Hart-Parr 30-60 is our “Century Tractor” for 2014. George Schaaf bought it at an auction in 2009 and spent considerable time restoring it. I photographed it for the cover of the November/December 2014 issue of Antique Power magazine. It represents the end of the big plowing engine market and the end of an era in mechanized farming. Be sure to read the full story and see all of the photos in the print version of the magazine. Click … Read the rest of the story…

Giving the Gift of Antique Power
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Ertel Publishing not only brings you Antique Power and Vintage Truck magazines, but we also have a fun, easy, and convenient way to shop for Christmas gifts, through the Ertel Publishing Gift Shop, as long as you order by Friday, Dec. 12. That’s the last day for guaranteed delivery by Christmas in the 48 states. Gifts can be shipped from our Ohio office after Dec. 12 for Christmas delivery, but only with custom shipping arrangements. We have excellent choices for … Read the rest of the story…

December Tractor Auctions: Plow Reviews and Gift Ideas
Chad Elmore


December is often a slow month when it comes to tractor auctions, which is too bad as there is no better place to find a gift for that special someone in your life. But, it is the busy holiday season, so finding a free weekend can be tough. For many farmers around southeastern Wisconsin, harvest is still underway—under a blanket of snow and freezing temperatures. A few weeks ago, a local auctioneer held a multi-day sale to disperse a lifetime … Read the rest of the story…

Snow – the Farmer’s Other S-word!
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

As I write this month’s Back 40 blog installment, the first big winter storm has hit Wisconsin. Thankfully, here in the north central part of the state, we only got a little snow mixed with some sleet and ice pellets, which made for challenging driving, but not anything too bad. Our friends to the north received several inches of the white stuff. On the farm, snowfall made for additional chores as we had to clear several hundred yards of roadway … Read the rest of the story…

Yaworski’s Doodlebug
Brad Bowling


The January/February 2014 issue of Antique Power magazine features Denis Yaworski’s doodlebug tractor, which he first rode in “about 1950.” His uncle built the tractor in 1941 out of a $50 Ford Model A coupe. Grab a copy of the new issue to read about how he brought this unusual machine back from the dead. … Read the rest of the story…