From the outside it looks like another piece of John Deere machinery — a swather (or windrower, if you’re so inclined) with the trademark green paint and jumping deer. But underneath all that green and yellow paint is a Canadian success story.
What you’re looking at is actually a product of Winnipeg-based MacDon Industries, and the John Deere exterior a testimony to the quality of a well-built machine. The partnership was formed, as their 2012 press release states; “to better serve existing and future John Deere self-propelled windrower customers globally.” It goes on to say, “This agreement allows us to expand the John Deere hay and forage product portfolio to better serve our dairy, livestock, commercial hay, and small grains customers,” said William F. Norton, Vice President, Global Hay & Forage Platform. “After an in-depth evaluation of the global commercial hay and small grains industries, we determined that specific MacDon self-propelled windrower products would most effectively enable us to serve our customers and expand our overall product line-up.”
RealAgriculture.com got to take a look at some of the first of these select windrower models at Cropweek 2013.
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