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  1. I just did a quick google search to see the areas of various crops grown here in Australia. Arable crops cover about 6.7% of the landmass of Australia and are mostly found along the east coast and the south west corner of WA. That is about 23 million acres and corn/maize makes up about 64,000 acres. So as "dads706" observed not a big crop here. I am in the state of Victoria and there are some crops of corn here and they are mostly grown for silage production for dairies. A few crops are harvested for grain. As it is summer crop, all corn here is irrigated - there is just not enough rainfall through summer to grow any crops. Currently the daytime temps are in the 40sC and the corn that was planted in October/November will be growing well but this heat will slowing it down a bit. The corn is irrigated using flood systems, sprinklers (centre and lateral moves) and sub-surface with tapes in the ground. acres Wheat 57% 12,711,000 Barley 18% 4,014,000 Canola 11% 2,453,000 Pulses 7% 1,561,000 Sorghum 3% 669,000 Oats 4% 892,000 Corn 0.3% 64,000 22,300,000
  2. IH had a long history of building combines in Geelong Australia particularly after WW2. Many IH combines were imported into Aust from US mainly I believe, before manufacturing started here. Most popular combines built here were pull type with self-propelled more popular in 1960s. This included the IH 711 which was an Aust made combine that was sold for many years alongside the 715 from the US. To my knowledge the 711 was not based on the 715 and the 725/6 were updates on the 711.
  3. I think the 725 and 726 combines were made in Australia and only sold in Australia. The photos show the combines with 'closed front' headers that were widely used in Australia to harvest grain crops. These headers are designed to only cut a small amount of straw with the heads. The 715 was sold in Australia and replaced by the axial flow combines in the 80s.
  4. Loadstar, I stand corrected. Just looked up my Power Farming Technical Annual for 1960 and see that indeed the 585 was powered by a 6-cylinder engine. My mistake. Probably something to do with the year in which I was born.
  5. The Sunshine Harvestor Company became part of Massey Ferguson in Australia and the early auto harvestors continued to be developed and ended production during the 1960s. The 585 and 587 models were popular in the 1960s. The auto version had a 4 cylinder Chrysler flat head petrol(gas) engine.
  6. Australia still exports live cattle to many countries in Asia including Indonesia. My understanding is that many Australian abattoirs/slaughter houses have accreditation to meet religious requirements, a major reason for live export is that much of meat is sold in "wet" markets. That is the animal is killed, butchered and the meat sold straight away. My understanding is that many people in Asia don't have refrigeration to keep meat so it is bought and consumed straight away. Live cattle export is big industry across northern Australia with mostly Brahman cattle grazed on the sparse pastures.
  7. I often see references to "southern" tractors and I understand this to mean tractors in the southern states that have been worked hard and not maintained well. Here is an example of a similar tractor but this one is in northern Australia. It is in a yard near the port of Wyndham, Wets Australia. This is a very remote place and the port is used to export minerals and live cattle. Its likely this tractor has been used in the port and perhaps to launch/retrieve fishing boats. It has a sign painted on the side which indicates it spent some time in the Ord Irrigation Area to the south of Wyndham. The ID plate indicates it is a 756 made in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It has certainly seen better days.
  8. Seeders in Australia mostly had a row of cultivator tynes in front of the seeding tynes and another row of cultivating tynes behind the seeding ones. Up until air seeders came in this arrangement was common and provided some weed kill at the same time as sowing the crop. These seeders were referred to as "combines" in Australia. Not sure if it meant combining some cultivation with seeding or combining seed and fertiliser together as they were put into the ground. We have now caught up and combines are the big expensive machines for harvesting crops. Photo of an Australian made IH986 and Shearer combine and an ad for a IH Australian made combine from 1960s.
  9. I have never seen any Cockshutt tractors in Australia. I worked on a farm in Manitoba in 1979 and drove a gas powered 50 and really liked that old tractor. Cockshutts were advertised in Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Here is a scan of the diesel 50 in the Power Farming Technical Annual of 1960 together with a list of dealers around Australia. perhaps this is as far as they went in coming to Australia.
  10. A couple of photos of a KL Bulldog tractor on a pull in Victoria, Australia.. Lanz tractors were made in made in Australia for a while by the Kelly & Lewis company and marketed as KL tractors. Must have been a tough tractor to spend any time working them - this one just seemed to "tremble and shake" under load and got louder with more smoke and flames.
  11. The 622 cotton picker was in the 1976 IH Australian buyers guide.
  12. In 1979 I worked on a farm in Manitoba on an exchange program. They had a brand new MF 750 and an older 760 combines and I recall the problems we had with crops wrapping on the paddle feeder system. You can see in 2 of the photos the inspection/access hatch is open so that the operator can check to see if wrapping has started. We found that we had to stop as soon as we saw it starting to wrap and cut it off the paddle. The combines are working in Birdsfoot Trefoil and it is combined at about the same stage as it would be baled for hay so it is still green and was prone to wrap. MF had a kit that was designed to reduce wrapping and we fitted a kit to the 750. It consisted of sheet metal bolted onto the shaft/paddles to increase the "diameter" of the shaft and thus reduce wrapping. We lost a fair bit of knuckle skin but it did improve the performance but the trefoil and flax still wrapped regularly.
  13. An Australian ad for the White Plainsman from 1973. I have never seen one here so no idea how many would have been sold in Aust.
  14. The ducks will be happy this morning as I am hearing reports of an inch and a half more rain overnight. Maybe I need to go beyond dual wheels on the sprayer tractor and think triples! I remember when I first saw these ads from Unverferth in the late seventies. Thinking to myself, who would ever put triple wheels on a tractor? Well in recent years I have seen a few local guys rolling around on 12 big tractor tires at seeding time. The tractor in this ad appears to be a generic composition of some sort but mostly 86 series IH. Not ads but photos of an Australian made Baldwin DP600 tractor fitted with triples. Only a few of these tractors were made in the 1980s and were fitted with Cummins 1150 engine putting out 600hp. Baldwin also made a smaller tractor with 400hp. This tractor is located in northern New South Wales and as the photo shows, it is used with a pair of 60 foot air seeders.
  15. The B414 tractors were available in Australia in the late 50s and early 60s. They were made in Britain and replaced the B275 tractors. The A414 was a locally made tractor and replaced the B414 and were sold in the 1960s. They were very similar to the B414 tractor.
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