Tractors bring back memories

It was a sound I heard when I was young but rarely hear today. Listening to the old two-cylinder tractors at the N.M. Ag Expo this week it was easy to remember the sight of an old farmer on a Poppin’ Johnny tractor, plowing two to four rows and remembering the smell of fresh turned […]

Losing track of tractors

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The other day, as I drove home from work, I noticed that the field of tractors on the Portales road has been greatly reduced in number. Apparently a great many of the old, even antique pieces of farm equipment, informally displayed on that field, have found new homes. I am […]

Tractor collection hits auction block

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Wayne Martin has displayed his collection of tractors on his property about a mile from city limits on U.S. 70 for nearly 40 years. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer County efforts to clean up the entrances to the city has compelled Curry County farmer Wayne Martin to part with […]

Tractor gets pink paint job to raise cancer awareness

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Shelia Smith of Roswell drives her pink 1955 Farmall tractor in the parade at the New Mexico Ag Expo Tuesday in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie […]

Day trips: Museum preserves agriculture heritage

Freedom Newspapers The main mission for the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock is to preserve the hidden treasures of American agriculture for future generations. According to the museum’s Web site, with nearly 400 toy and pedal tractors and over 300 other artifacts from farm equipment to household items on display, the museum strives to […]

Fighting fire with air tractors

By Gary Mitchell When the summer wildfire season breaks out in the western states, one Clovis man and his crew get involved. Ted Stallings, owner/operator of Aero Tech in Clovis, has five firefighting aircraft called “air tractors” heavily involved in fighting fires in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. “Right now, we’re fighting fires big […]