[Market-farming] Combine's

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Fri Oct 31 11:22:18 EST 2003


A company in Iowa manufactures small research plot harvesters/combines.
Their website is www.almaco.com . I'm sure their prices will be very high
but it illiustrates that small ones can be made in USA. Perhaps there are
some competitors out there. I've seen agronomists use small walk-behind
types that harvest one row at a time. I'll see if I can learn more from one
of them.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center


>Regards to the list:
>
>Well, I never have liked the idea of the big companies moving to Mexico
>or wherever.  Just heard recently that Levi's will no longer be made in
>US.  Who is the candidate against NAFTA etc?  I think anyone who would
>object to us discussing this on this forum would be wrong.  Maybe
>politics is the only route to survival of the small family farm.
>
>I wish somebody locally would make some little combines but I suppose
>the reason they don't is because there aren't enough of us small farmers
>to make it worthwhile.
>
>I try to buy American, but one of our Fords was made in Mexico and the
>other in Canada.  I've heard the only truly American made car is Honda,
>in Ohio.
>
>Marie in Missouri
>
>
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