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  • 10/19/2020 7:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Long time AEDGE&TA member Earl McRae has passed away.

    He was born on June 9, 1938 and he passed away on September 7, 2020.  Earl is survived by his wife, Elaine; 2 sons, Bruce and Brian, and one daughter Debra Roth.

    Earl joined AEDGE&TA in the 1990’s.  Earl served our country in the Army and was assigned to a tank division.  He was a director of Radiology and instructed students on the proper way to use the machines.  Earl was also a member of Knights of Columbus.

    Surprise, surprise, Earl loved to play with tractors.  Earl loved restoring the old iron and make it run.  His favorite tractors were his Massey Harris Pony’s.  One of his more unusual tractors was a John Deere B.  It was from a former governor of Kansas.  If Earl wasn’t working on tractors you would most likely find him reading a book, he was an avid reader.

    Earl and his wife moved to Buckeye, Arizona from Kansas and still have close ties with friends and relatives in Kansas.

    There is a Funeral Mass scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10 am at Saint Henry’s Catholic Church, 24750 W. Lower Buckeye Rd., Buckeye, AZ 85326.

  • 08/31/2020 5:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This summer, many club members have been dealing with the desert heat.  Smarter members had long since abandoned the heat for cooler climates in other parts of the country. Meanwhile, another group of members stayed connected (and cool) and hosted a tractor ride in Parks, Arizona.  

  • 07/23/2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Head on over to the Gallery page for some new photos from Jason and Ed.  For those of you that are familiar with the Porsche Junior diesel, you can see that Mike has been busy with this tractor.   Click here

  • 05/10/2020 7:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The May Board meeting was held at the Club's Farm Ground on Saturday  morning.  In addition to the good discussion, we had shade, open air, reasonable distance, and an appropriate backdrop of fresh-cut alfalfa. (See pictures below)

  • 04/04/2020 5:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi to all,

    You are all very aware of the current situation we are living in and it seems every day we receive more updates that indicate we are still a long way from seeing this pandemic in the rear view mirror.

    To comply with the recommended “Social Distancing” (that’s a term that didn’t exist 3 months ago) we have decided to postpone the annual business meeting which was scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd. If we delay it a month or so it will be very warm and many of our members will miss it because they have moved to cooler climates for the summer. Because of that, we have decided to combine our annual spring business meeting and elections with our fall kick-off meeting and schedule that for Saturday, October 17th

    I have asked Joe, Tim and Randy if they would stay on the board until fall and they said yes. The rest of us were elected last May and still have one year on our term.

    We have also canceled the April 20th Board Meeting. Keep checking the website and we will let you know when we will have the next board meeting.

    While there is much unknown about this virus, there are some models that are being used nationally to predict national and statewide impacts. Most models currently suggest the peak for our area of the country will be in late April. So we’re going to be dealing with this for a while yet.

    Please take care of yourselves and remember the advice of Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, from Hill Street Blues, “Let’s be careful out there”

    Jerry Geiger

  • 03/25/2020 7:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fellow Members,

                    I wanted to take this time to give a spring update for the Farm.  Over the past year we have been working diligently to improve the overall appearance, functionality of the Farm, and getting more and more club members involved with club events.  We have been working with various farmers and vendors in the area for guidance, input and assistance with bigger jobs that the club members simply cannot do and the overall direction to get the most out of the Farm for income and crops for club members to utilize for club events. 

    Last year we planted a nice crop of corn that yielded a great amount of ears for corn grinding demonstrations and they weren’t the best looking ears due to bird damage, but they are serving their purpose in allowing Tom Trainor and other engine guys the opportunity to show case their engines, grinders and shellers, and it gave us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and have a better crop this year for the engine guys.

      When the farm was turned over from the last person in charge we had a very bad weed infestation that has been a battle to bring them under control so that there isn’t as much pressure to the crops that are planted, and make it a more enjoyable place so people can go participate out there without having allergy problems.  The cost of doing this as of now is about 100-150 dollars a month for material and if the material needs to be applied using a self-propelled sprayer its 100 dollars per application.

    Another area that needed to be addressed was leveling the fields.  The eastern field along with the two northern boarders were in need of repair due to the lack of proper maintenance to the slope and side fall of the fields, which were causing us to use entirely too much water.  In addition, the fields were not getting watered correctly side to side, which caused plants to either not germinate and gave the weeds areas of opportunity to grow and reproduce, or caused plants to not grow and yield correctly and cause a lot of border blowouts. This was a substantial repair and did cost the club 2400 dollars in total but as time goes on the savings in water and maintenance will be substantial which we are seeing already, when it used to take 8-12 hours to irrigate just the east side we irrigated the entire farm with 8 hours of irrigation. 

                    This spring we planted our first crop of the year.  The big field was planted with DeKalb DKC 67-44 field corn on 19 inch rows with the intention of selling the crop as silage to the dairy down the street.   Jerry Geiger was instrumental in setting this up for the club so we could recoup the costs of the laser leveling and planting of the corn.  I have been in direct contact with them to ensure that we are on the same schedule so when the silage choppers come through the corn will get chopped at the right time for them.  Corn Planting is not an inexpensive endeavor if done correctly to get the most yield.  3300 pounds of pre plant fertilizer was put on the big field and two northern borders, and we purchased 5 bags of corn seed and only 4 and ¼ were used which if stored correctly can be used in future plantings.  The two northern borders were planted with oats to let them go to head cut and baled for threshing demonstrations.  As of now the cost so far is 2400 dollars to the club

                    As many of you have seen Arizona had a very wet and cold winter, and an extremely wet spring.  Alfalfa production has been directly affected, by the weather and the field hasn’t produced a crop of hay for a few months now.  The Alfalfa was doing great and there was a lot of it out there this winter and unfortunately we had a substantial amount of rain and were unable to get the crop cut and baled before a hard freeze devastated the crop.  We were unable to get the crop cut and baled until January which only produced low quality bales that were used for both tractor shows and sold at the Apache Junction show.  A few weeks after the Alfalfa was on the mend and growing we had another hard freeze that set us back another month.  As of now the Alfalfa is looking great and is ready to be cut again as soon as the field dries out and there is not rain for a week after it gets cut.  With the assistance of Ritchie Kennedy we have learned a lot about Alfalfa production and we will be putting the alfalfa on a watering and cutting schedule that coincides with his.

                    This has been a great experience for me personally and without the help of people like Mark Siion, Larry Rovey, Red Ronnebaum, Tom Trainor, and many others I don’t think we could’ve made the  progress we have made.  I hope that 2020 is a great year for everyone and we get a lot more participation from club members in the overall operations of the farm.  It is my goal to ensure that everyone that dose participate has a great time and feels welcome to give their input, to how we can make things better going forward.  Thanks for taking the time to read this update and hope to see you out at the farm soon…

    Ed Savage

  • 02/29/2020 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AEDGE&TA received some great publicity in the Western New York Two Cylinder Club newsletter.  Mark Sion has family members who are active in this club.  They were here in Arizona earlier this year, participated in a couple of our events, and wrote about their experience in the attached newsletter.    

    2020_02 Newsletter.pdf

  • 02/29/2020 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At this year's Apache Junction Show, several tractors will be included in the Silent Auction on Saturday, March 14.

    • 1960 Porsche Junior Diesel - this rare and valuable tractor was recently featured in Porsche's 2020 Super Bowl ad.  Currently running, but unrestored, this tractor does need clutch and paint/restoration work. 
    • 1937 Farmall F-30 - Complete tractor, engine loose, tires hold air and the front are new.  A 32HP tractor, only 29,000 were built from 1931-1939.  This tractor is ready for you to restore.
    • 1938 Farmall F-12 - Currently running, shows well, good tires.  Ready for restoration.
    • 1950 Farmall H - Runs well, needs paint...and a new home.
    Minimum bids will be posted at the Auction.  Come out to the show and get a chance to take home one of these great projects. 

  • 02/10/2020 9:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here are the tractor pull results from this past weekend.  (If a driver had multiple pulls, only the best one is displayed.) 

  • 02/10/2020 8:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take a look at the online signup sheet for opportunities at upcoming Apache Junction show.  Click here.

Arizona Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. 

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