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Farm Toys and Tractors for Kids and Adults

Updated on August 8, 2014

Harvest in the Heartland

I love living in farm country, from the wide open space,the friendly people, to even my commute to work in Omaha Nebraska every morning. I'm more likely to meet a tractor on the highway early in morning instead of "normal" city rush hour traffice.

During the fall combines and tractors roll across the fields harvesting corn and soybeans. It's a magnificent site and one I love looking forward to every year. There is a photo opportunity around every corner. Combines of every color, green, yellow, and red, with an occasional white trek across the horizon from early morning well into the evening.

The great beast eat up grain like a hungry animal as the farmers keep an eye on the clouds, the weather and rows ahead of them. Although I grew up in Connecticut with the oceans, beaches and waves I could never move back. I would miss the big sky country of Nebraska, the tractors, the farmers, and the people.

John Deere Toy Tractors for Kids - Every kid in the country has a deserves toy tractor

It seems every kid in the country has a set of John Deere toy tractors. In church I see toddlers under the pews playing make believe farmer on the carpet with their miniature combines and wagons and it warms my heart.

Even the babies have little John Deere outfits and blankets, it's easy to see what color tractors their Grandpa or Dad have at home. Gotta be a Deere, because Nothing Runs Like a Deere.

John Deere 1st Farming Fun, Fun on the Farm Playset
John Deere 1st Farming Fun, Fun on the Farm Playset

This is a perfect John Deere toy set for a young toddler of 18 months to 24 months. It's made out of plastic and has rounded edges but looks like the real thing. Won't hurt as much when you step on them in the middle of the night either.

 
John Deere Model 720 Pedal Tractor
John Deere Model 720 Pedal Tractor

A pedal John Deere tractor is almost mandatory for a farm kid to be just like Dad. These authentic metal tractors look like the real thing only smaller and will last for generations.

 
Ertl 8" John Deere Deluxe Vehicle Value Set
Ertl 8" John Deere Deluxe Vehicle Value Set

This will get a young farm kid off to a good start with his John Deere play tractors. The sand box, or dirt pile is the perfect place for these tough cast metal farm toys.

 

Harvest in Farm Country - Farming in the Midwest

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Murdock Nebraska, sky scrapers of NebraskaCase Combine unloading grainCorn field during harvestField of grass being baled for hayA John Deere Round Baler in the hay fieldJohn Deere combine in the fields
Murdock Nebraska, sky scrapers of Nebraska
Murdock Nebraska, sky scrapers of Nebraska
Case Combine unloading grain
Case Combine unloading grain
Corn field during harvest
Corn field during harvest
Field of grass being baled for hay
Field of grass being baled for hay
A John Deere Round Baler in the hay field
A John Deere Round Baler in the hay field
John Deere combine in the fields
John Deere combine in the fields

Red Case Toy Tractors - Can't Forget the Case Fans

It's not unusual to hear farmers get into a heated discussion between Red and Green tractors. Just like pickup trucks has their Ford and Chevy fans farmers are passionate about the color of their tractors.

So if you see a little boy (or girl) playing with all red tractors you can count on her Daddy, or Grandfather sees red at home with all Case farm equipment.

Ertl Big Farm 1:16 Case 180 Tractor
Ertl Big Farm 1:16 Case 180 Tractor

Ertl has a reputation of quality farm toys and has been around for generations. This red Case 180 Tractor has intricate detail right down to the inside of the cab. This is a mid size tractor at 1:16 scale for big hands or as a collectible.

 
Ertl IH 1460 Combine Diecast Vehicle, 1:64-Scale
Ertl IH 1460 Combine Diecast Vehicle, 1:64-Scale

The smaller 1:64 size farm toys are perfect for little hands and creating a large farm on the living room floor. Easily put into a back pack for traveling and moving the farm to a friends house, brothers football game, or under the pew in church.

 
Ertl Case IH 600 Quadtrac  800 Air Seeder  3430 Air Cart, 1:64 Scale
Ertl Case IH 600 Quadtrac 800 Air Seeder 3430 Air Cart, 1:64 Scale

It's amazing how just about every piece of farm equipment has been miniaturized and made for small hands. This seeder is a unique piece of farm equipment meant for planting.

 

Some Farmers Don't Care About the Color or Their Tractor - Deere or Case, Doesn't Matter

This farmer doesn't seem to care about brand loyalty when it comes to tractors, he has a Case International combine and an John Deere tractor. I do get strange looks when I quickly pull off the side of the road to take pictures around harvest time. By now, most farmers have gotten used to me, but they really enjoy it when I drop off an 8x10 photo of them farming. Most don't even think of taking a picture of doing their every day work.

But I do, farmers feed the world, they work long hours, take all the risk with inputs, fuel and are genuine stewards of the land. Less than 0.05 cents of a loaf of bread goes to the wheat farmer who grew the wheat. We are the the richest country in the world when it comes to food production, and many people are so far removed from farming they don't know that the corn grown in these fields is the same corn found in their corn tortillas.

New Holland Tractors and Combines - The Cadillac of Combines

The Cadillac of combines now has to be the New Hollands, you didn't see too many of these in the fields in Eastern Nebraska until a few years ago. They are yellow, streamlined, have a new modern look and and a beast of a combine. The implement dealers have been pushing them hard the past few years. Don't know why, but I'm motivated to find out.

This was one of my opportune moments as I was driving home from work. The farmer was combining his corn on the outer edge of the field and I drove up ahead to get this shot. It came out so good I entered the photo in the local county fair, it won a purple ribbon

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Toy Tractors on eBay - Collecting Old Tractors

Some adults collect toy farm equipment, it's a big business with the John Deere implement dealers. The men are just crazy about they collectible tractors and will search long and far for a particular tractor or combine model. These don't leave their boxes and are highly sought after and prized.

Old Farm Trucks - Faithful Workhorse of the Farm

Chevy Farm Truck
Chevy Farm Truck

The old grain trucks are faithful workhorses around the farm hauling the grain from the fields to the elevators, to cattle, and the bins at home. Most are from the 1950s but have been taken care of over the years and are full of character. This truck sits in an oat field during July.

Harvest isn't just in the fall, but throughout the summer months as wheat is harvest, hay is baled, oats are cut and then silage season starts. The work is never done for a farmer. Even in down time there is machinery repairs and maintenance. These combines aren't cheap, with many being over $250,000.

In the rural communities people wave as they pass each other by, it doesn't matter if you know them or not, it's just being friendly, so wave, say Hello.

Say Hello, I'm from the Friendly Midwest - Don't go away without saying HI

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      countrypeople 3 years ago

      I also live in the country and wouldn't change it, on a dirt road to be exact. By the way, my favorite tractor is Ford- New Holland (blue). The new name is just New Holland. Their big heavy equipment (combines) are yellow.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @favored: The combines and tractors are an amazing site. I carry my camera everywhere with me in the fall.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Judith Nazarewicz: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. So were you green or red tractors? LOL

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Our property was in the middle of what used to be a wheat field. I loved seeing all the harvesting that went on each year as it ushered in the fall season.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 3 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great lens! My husband and I used to own and run a large grain farm so your lens brought back wonderful memories. :-)