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Paal Haug stands alongside a John Deere combine outside of Haug Implement in Willmar. Haug and other implement dealers in the area say now is crunch time when they really have to serve their farmers’ needs to keep them “up and running.” Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Not your grandpa’s Poppin’ Johnny

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By Carlienne A. Frisch

Freelance writer

As farm equipment engineering progressed, past generations of farmers grew accustomed to certain niceties — a cab on the tractor, for example. But if a farmer from 50 years ago climbed into a 21st-century combine, it just might take a Space Age instruction manual to help him operate the equipment.

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