Les gens, la passion, et le produit ont fait de quoi MacDon est fait aujourd'hui. Explorer ces histoires, qui témoignent que d'une petite partie des gens qui conçevoient, qui imaginent, qui fabriquent, et qui se servent de nos produits, et des amitiés créées le long de ce chemin.
The Jura department in eastern France has been described as the land of cheese, chocolate and wine, but for Stéphane Gaudillier, it’s also the land of soybeans, wheat, corn, barley, oats and several other crops he cuts in the area.
Gaudillier farms 247 acres (100 hectares) himself and owns a custom cutting company that cuts an additional 4940 acres (2000 hectares) in the region. “I’m more of a custom cutter than a farmer,” he says, adding he is more focused on his cutting and windrowing contracts.
Summers aren’t just hot, they shimmer in the fields around Madera in California's Central Valley. From June through September machine operators can look forward to average daily highs of 31oC (88oF), with afternoons in July and August the most grueling. Then a machine’s air conditioning is really put to the test when the mercury climbs to a sweltering 36oC (97oF) on average, and frequently well over that.
A few years ago, Ben VanDyke, along with a handful of other farmers from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, made the trek to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to visit the MacDon factory. In addition to the factory tour (and, of course, some MacDon hospitality), VanDyke and the other members of the group were there to provide some feedback and suggestions for a new header in development.