Germany & France          October 2011
After we landed inFrankfurt, we madeour way to theFrench border.We toured an oldmilitary citadel inBitche, France. Thisis ...
The citadel’s drawbridge
View of the town from the citadel
Citadel walls above the town.You can see a moat, but it’s dry.
The four Americans on the trip:  Andrew, Brian, Bobby, Ben
Spreading fertilizer and sowing wheat
Farmers in Germany perform several tasks in one pass.This tractor has a chisel plow (front), a harrow (orange),         a ...
Farm headquarters for a cooperator in Bavaria
Inside the cooperator’s barn
A Fendt tractor withJohn Deere GPSequipment
An old tractor with a fronttray. Nobody makes thistype of tractor anymore,but almost everyGerman farmer stillkeeps one aro...
A plate of venison and spätzle                    in Bavaria.
A maypole in frontof a house inBavaria.This maypole isdedicated tonewborn babies.
The whole gang at the tractor factory in Mannheim.        Our German coworkers Benjamin   and Andreas are the 2nd & 3rd on...
No pics allowedinside the factory, but I got some at     the museum.
This factory transitioned from making Lanz tractors    to John Deere after being bought in 1956.
John Deere is workingon an autonomous mower,    and this is a prototype.
Used inventory at a dealership
Unimog: truck or tractor?Hard to tell when it has aPTO and hydraulic con-nections at the rear.
John Deere European Technology Innovation Center  in Kaiserslautern is where they work on precision            farming ele...
Goofing around atthe tractor test trackin Bruchsal.A 57% slope isdifficult to walk down!
European trucks parked at a truckstop on the autobahn
A self-propelled forage harvester chopping corn silage
The SPFH’s chopping   head is folded and  ready for transport.
That’s all!
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Germany trip

  1. 1. Germany & France October 2011
  2. 2. After we landed inFrankfurt, we madeour way to theFrench border.We toured an oldmilitary citadel inBitche, France. Thisis the hometown ofone of my coworkersin Iowa.
  3. 3. The citadel’s drawbridge
  4. 4. View of the town from the citadel
  5. 5. Citadel walls above the town.You can see a moat, but it’s dry.
  6. 6. The four Americans on the trip: Andrew, Brian, Bobby, Ben
  7. 7. Spreading fertilizer and sowing wheat
  8. 8. Farmers in Germany perform several tasks in one pass.This tractor has a chisel plow (front), a harrow (orange), a packer (black), and a grain drill (red).
  9. 9. Farm headquarters for a cooperator in Bavaria
  10. 10. Inside the cooperator’s barn
  11. 11. A Fendt tractor withJohn Deere GPSequipment
  12. 12. An old tractor with a fronttray. Nobody makes thistype of tractor anymore,but almost everyGerman farmer stillkeeps one around.
  13. 13. A plate of venison and spätzle in Bavaria.
  14. 14. A maypole in frontof a house inBavaria.This maypole isdedicated tonewborn babies.
  15. 15. The whole gang at the tractor factory in Mannheim. Our German coworkers Benjamin and Andreas are the 2nd & 3rd ones from left.
  16. 16. No pics allowedinside the factory, but I got some at the museum.
  17. 17. This factory transitioned from making Lanz tractors to John Deere after being bought in 1956.
  18. 18. John Deere is workingon an autonomous mower, and this is a prototype.
  19. 19. Used inventory at a dealership
  20. 20. Unimog: truck or tractor?Hard to tell when it has aPTO and hydraulic con-nections at the rear.
  21. 21. John Deere European Technology Innovation Center in Kaiserslautern is where they work on precision farming electronics in Europe.
  22. 22. Goofing around atthe tractor test trackin Bruchsal.A 57% slope isdifficult to walk down!
  23. 23. European trucks parked at a truckstop on the autobahn
  24. 24. A self-propelled forage harvester chopping corn silage
  25. 25. The SPFH’s chopping head is folded and ready for transport.
  26. 26. That’s all!

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