Sunday, June 7, 2015
June 7, 2015: Counting the Years with the 4440
We call the John Deere 4440 the "big tractor." Of course in the reality of today's world of modern farming, it is more like an old riding lawn mower when compared to the newest hi-tech tractors now in use. In fact, ours, which is one of the earlier models is a 1980 vintage. These are actually starting to be accepted into "vintage" tractor shows.
But take a look at these 4 photos. They each have two things in common. First, they all center around the same tractor, the 4440. Second, they all show various generations of the Burwash clan.
Presented in the chronologically order in which they were taken, the first photo is a "selfie" long before such a thing was even invented. I was chisel plowing at sunset, preparing for a late night. I represent generation # 2.
The second shot was taken just a few years later, that's generation #3, Seth, disking down pea ground after the it was vined.
The third shot was taken by Janice and is probably my all time favorite photo, ever. That's generation #2 and generation #4 (Cam the Man) heading out to do some field work with, you guessed it, the 4440.
The final shot was one I was hoping one day would happen. God bless my "little sister" Mary and hubby Randy, they brought Dad up last week-end and took this photo of generation #1 climbing up on the trusty "big tractor" to, in the Old Man's words, "Kick up some dust" mulching cucumber ground.
Four generations, one tractor. That's what farming is really about.