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    Posted July 13, 2013 by
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    Plows – Plows and More Plows


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     GejJones visited this attraction in Chesaning, Michigan on July 13. There, Elmer Schneider has been collecting plows for 17 years, using them as art in this space. Many of the plows are more than 100 years old, renovated by Schneider himself for installation in the farm field. Photo #8 was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for Oct. 10, 2013.
    - jccarp, CNN iReport producer

    I had heard about the ‘field of plows’ but had never seen it. I had been told it looked a little like the Cadillac Ranch so I decided today was the day to venture into the countryside and find the ‘field of plows’.


    When I arrived at the Schneider Farm, I was greeted by Joanne Schneider and was immediately invited into the Schneider home to meet Elmer, her husband who is recovering from hip replacement. Elmer and Joanne couldn’t have been more cordial. They encouraged me to roam through the display and spend as much time as necessary to photograph the collection.


    What I found was everything from whimsical to one of the largest tractors and plows I have ever seen. The display probably covers three acres or more. When I finished photographing the plows, I was invited in to ask Elmer questions about his collection. What I found out was very interesting!

    Elmer told me there were over 500 plows in the collection. Some of the plows were pretty rare and some are more than 100 years old. As it turns out, Elmer has restored every plow. I later found out, Elmer has been collecting, repairing and repainting the collection, one at a time, for more that seventeen years.

    Each plow in the field has a gleaming coat of paint and the shares are spotless. The plows are painted red, green, orange, yellow, black and white. Whenever possible, they are painted their original colors.

    Elmer’s plow display covers a span of time from about 1900 to the late 1930s. Not being knowledgeable about farm equipment, I asked a lot of questions and Elmer was patient and answered every question. I learned that horses pulled plows that had seats; tractors pulled those without seats.

    I could have stayed and listened to Elmer for another hour but since he had just had hip replacement, I felt that it was time to give him a rest from my questions. As I got up to leave, Elmer made it clear that I was welcome to return whenever I wanted.

    Elmer and Joanne are terrific people! They made me feel welcome and I’m so glad that I had an opportunity to meet both of them.

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