Once There Were A Thousand, Now There Are Five!

| September/October 1992

  • John Deere Tractor

  • John Deere Tractor

R.R. 1 Lamesa, Texas 79331

Forty years ago Dawson Company, in west Texas, was infested with 'G' John Deeres. There are over 300,000 acres of row crop cotton, and at that time it was said there were over a thousand G's in use. There were more G's than all other tractors combined. Seems like they were everywhere.

Five years ago I was smitten with the old tractor virus that seems to be going around. I found some good ones and I found some junk. I had obtained about 15 tractors but something was missing. I didn't have a G and didn't know where one was. I had a small plane and flew out over the whole county. I believe I found the only two that were left. They had grown to the ground and were not for sale at any price.

I remembered when I was a boy my dad, a friend, and I were planting cotton with three four-row John Deeres, because the engine speeds differed slightly. At times the three would be firing at a timing that made them sound like a smooth six cylinder. At times they would be firing together where they sounded like one, and at times the three could make some weird sounds.

When my childhood friends and I would get together, the conversation would quickly turn to speculation as to how much better John Deeres were than, any of the others. We thought that everybody who was somebody owned a G.

About this time most farmers were converting their gasoline tractors to propane because propane was six cents a gallon, so most G's were changed over.