People, passion and products have made MacDon what it is today. Explore these stories, which highlight a small portion of the people who imagine, build and use our products, along with the relationships created along the way.
To say cattle farming runs in Joe Van Newkirk's blood would be a bit of an understatement. The family-owned ranch he currently owns and operates was founded in 1892 by Van Newkirk's grandfather, Lorenzo Van Newkirk, when he began mating Hereford bulls with Longhorn cows. Bringing those two together created a cross-breed that resulted in improved performance and growth.
Sixty years later, A.J.
More than 130 years ago, Randy Emtman’s great grandfather, John Emtman, arrived on the Palouse — a region of the northwestern United States which includes parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington — and decided to set up shop. Or, rather, set up farm.
At the time, the 160 acres (65 hectares) of land he intended to homestead was covered with timber and also had a few springs and year-round stream.
It’s a given that you are going to have a little pioneer in your blood if you’re a fourth-generation farmer still proudly working the land that your family homesteaded back in 1905. That’s why it should be no surprise that Colin Schulhauser quickly said yes when he was asked to be among the first to run the new FD250 FlexDraper®, MacDon’s first ever 50-foot header.
There’s no substitute for real-world field trials when you’re building equipment designed to thrive in some of the planet’s most demanding harvesting conditions. That’s why when MacDon’s FD2 FlexDraper® was being put through its final paces before entering full production, MacDon challenged it with a gruelling world tour. One of those countries was Australia, and one of the headers received was a 50-footer (15.2 m) FD2 that found a home in the northern reaches of the state of Victoria.
Release Date: August 2021
More Capacity. More Speed. More Flex. The all-new FD2 gives you more of everything you need for harvesting performance from the company that brought you the Original FlexDraper®.
70% MORE FLEX*
Residue, Let’s Break it Down!
As grain yields continue to improve, stalk strength continues to increase, and tillage practises change; it has become more important than ever to properly size and distribute residue across the field. When residue is uniformly spread across the ground and the stalk is opened, microbes are more readily exposed to all parts of the stalk, accelerating the decomposition process and improving nutrient availability for next years crop.
MacDon offers two solutions on the C Series Corn Headers to manage your residue.