Stories from Independent Farm Equipment Innovators

Several years ago, at the urging of Titan Machinery co-founder Peter Christianson during a visit to Fargo, N.D., Farm Equipment Editor/Publisher Mike Lessiter initiated an “oral history” type project to capture the stories of 25 independent (shortline) farm equipment pioneers in making a go in what increasingly has become “big business” dominated by big manufacturers. Throughout more than a year of preparing, scheduling and recording, the project took Lessiter and his team to numerous states and one international trip. The project first came to life in a successful audio podcast series, “How We Did It: Stories from the Independent Farm Equipment Innovators.”

Each of the in-depth interviews was also filmed, but until now was not produced or released. The recent deaths of 4 ag equipment pioneers — Art’s Way’s and McConnell Company’s Ward McConnell, Yetter’s Pat Whalen, Vermeer’s Bob Vermeer and Krone’s Bernard Krone III — has resurrected interest in seeing this unique oral history content recorded for posterity – in the entrepreneurs’ own words, memories and expressions. Below you’ll find this ongoing series of 15-minute vignettes on the stories behind some of the most influential entrepreneurs to impact farmers in North America — and worldwide. To sign up to receive a notification of future episodes, leave your email address in the form at the bottom of this page.

Episode Guide

EPISODE 1

Martin Industries (part 1)

Martin Industries (part 1)

EPISODE 2

Art's Way Manufacturing

Art's Way

EPISODE 3

Yetter Manufacturing (part 1)

Yetter (part 1)

EPISODE 4

Walker Manufacturing (part 1)

Walker (part 1)

EPISODE 5

Yetter Manufacturing (part 2)

Yetter (part 2)

EPISODE 6

Walker Manufacturing (part 2)

Walker (part 2)

EPISODE 7

360 Yield Center

360 Yield Center Coming Soon

EPISODE 8

Calmer

Calmer Corn Heads Coming Soon

EPISODE 9

Krone

Krone Coming Soon

EPISODE 10

Danuser

Danuser Coming Soon

EPISODE 11

Duo Lift

Duo Lift Coming Soon

EPISODE 12

Laforge

Laforge Coming Soon