And The Winner Is …
A Central Valley farmer brings home a new HD Series tractor.
“Farming probably saved me time on a shrink’s couch,” says Bruce Brandt.
“It was therapy,” adds the retired high school assistant principal. “Every evening after I got home from school, I would take my aggressions out on the weeds and get in the dirt, literally.”
Now, managing his 15-acre grove of Chandler walnuts in California’s Central Valley is Brandt’s only “job.” And it’s all the better since he won a year’s use of a Massey Ferguson® 2680 HD low-profile utility tractor at the 2011 World Ag Expo. He likes the tractor so much he’s decided to buy a smaller, but equally capable MF2660.
But his appreciation of red tractors is nothing new. His parents owned a Massey Ferguson 165, and before that a Ferguson 40. He still uses the 165 today.
“I swear the hydraulic controls [on the new tractor] work exactly like the 165 hydraulics,” says Brandt. “Yes, improvements have been made, but Massey Ferguson came up with a great idea and design way back with the 165, and that carries through today.”
He says of his new tractor, “It’s a great design all the way around. The draft control senses and keeps [the tooth harrow] at a certain depth. In sandy soil it doesn’t let it dig too deep. In soil a little tougher, it bears down a little more. It’s awesome.
“It’s really comfortable, too,” continues Brandt. “We cultivate after every irrigation, and I spend a lot of time on the tractor. It’s just really easy to use and gets the job done.”Show Full Article