Corn picker pays visit to Dalhart
By Judi Wiegman
Corny the corn picker, a restored John Deere implement has arrived in Dalhart for a corn picking demonstration set for later this month.
Alan Siebert farmed in Dalhart from 1977 to 2006, retired and moved to East Texas. Shortly after his move he began restoring antique tractors. He has restored four tractors; a 1940 G John Deere, a 1949 VAC Case, a 1953 Ford (Golden Jubilee) and a 1953 John Deere 60. He has three more waiting in line.
In 1962, Alan harvested his first corn crop in York, Nebraska using a John Deere 60, identical to the one he restored. His next 43 crops were harvested using a combine.
A.J., Alan’s son, encouraged him to get a corn picker. Alan began searching antique tractor magazines and found the corn picker in Iowa. He found the tractor he wanted in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Last November, he traveled 2,000 miles to pick up the machinery and has worked many hours to restore them.
A.J. shared information about his dad’s venture with some of his friends.
Interest began among the local farmers. Alan stated, “I offered that if he would plant some corn in 40 inches rows to accommodate my machinery, I would bring it to Dalhart for a demonstration. He agreed and here I am with my ‘toys’ ready to go.”
The plan was set in motion when A.J. adjusted his GPS system to allow for the 40 inch rows and planted the corn.
An exact date and time for the corn picking will be announced later this month. The men are keeping a close watch on the corn, hoping it will be dry enough to pick on September 25th.