BF Avery Sales Video and other musings

This edition of The Kracked Head Update was published in the July 2010 issue of The BF Avery Newsletter

Florence, Alabama – Greetings from North Alabama, I hope this finds you all happy and in good health and enjoying all this hot weather we are having.  At the present time here in North Alabama, the temperature is in the nineties with the humidity at about the same level.  The air is so thick you have to cut it with a sharp knife just to walk around.

The farmers in our area had a great planting season.  The rains abated at the right time in order for them to get the crops planted.  One Alabama Cooperative Extension Service agent said the crop forecast was looking up for area farmers.

Agent Mark Hall, who is stationed at the Tennessee Valley Substation in Belle Mina, AL  said “Things are off to a good start.  The corn, beans and cotton look good and the wheat looks especially good and should be out in the next three to four weeks.”

Cotton is expected to see the largest acreage increase of all state crops this year, according to the USDA’s 2010 Spring Planting Intentions report.

A survey (National Agricultural Statistics Service) of 1,024 Alabama farmers projected a 41 percent increase in cotton acreage.  This was up from 255,000 acres to 360,000 acres.  This was 2 ½ times the projected national increase of 15 percent.  It is the largest acreage increase of all crops, according to the USDA.

Predictions are the other row crops will decrease as more cotton is planted.  Soybeans and corn is predicted to decline by up 20% and 11%, respectively.
Hall said at the time of the interview “Farmers should be finishing up with their planting in the next few days, but rain is needed.”  He also stated, “How often have we heard this song; too little or too much?”

On another note, I just finished a project of converting a VHS tape to a DVD.  At the last Spring show in Auburn, IN, Connie Lemmons was playing a VHS tape copy of a series of BF Avery filmstrips that were produced in 1941.  It was a selling tool that a BF Avery dealer would use to help sell the new BF Avery Tru-Draft outfit.  The tractor in the filmstrips are about BF Avery “The General” and the implements designed for it.  The BF Avery filmstrips were accompanied by a sound track that was on 16” diameter 33-1/3 rpm record.  The BF Avery dealer had to purchase a special projector with a built in record player on the top of it.  No doubt when this outfit was offered to the BF Avery dealers that it was quite expensive and with the war going on, extra cash for luxuries like this was hard to come by.  (Update – 11/27/13:  This BF Avery sales video will soon be available for viewing on our website, so stay tuned and we’ll announce when it’s ready for viewing)

According to information added to the end of the tape by the fellow that Connie bought it from, he found it down in Texas sometimes in the middle nineties.  The BF Avery video tape had a date of December, 1998 on it.  I would surmise that it may be the only remaining BF Avery sales outfit like this since no one has seen another.

So, next time you’re at one of our BF Avery Shows, maybe Connie will have it up and running and you’ll be able to see this fantastic glimpse of history in person.  My next project will be to get a couple of the short clips up on the website.  I won’t be able to put the whole dvd on the website because YouTube limits video to 10 minutes run time max.

I hope that many of you are planning on attending the BF Avery Summer Show up in Warren, IN on July 2 – 4, 2010.  I know that it will be a great BF Avery show since Ron Collier is a member of the host club.  Unfortunately, Debra and I won’t be able to attend since Home Depot won’t let me off over a holiday weekend.  I hate missing the BF Avery show, since it will be the first one I’ve missed in the last five years.

Well folks, that’s about all the news from North Alabama, so until next time “May your furrows be straight and deep” and I’ll see you on the internet.


About Editor

As a contributing Editor to the BF Avery National Tractor Club’s Quarterly Newsletter I have written about a wide range of topics in my column The Kracked Head Update, covering the BF Avery Company’s history, tractors and equipment. I have attended many Antique Tractor Shows and talked with exhibitors about their passion for the BF Avery brand, Personally I own a 1948 BF Avery Model V that was purchased by my father around 1950.
I’m a Vietnam Veteran, having served aboard the USS Bausell, DD-845 and a member of The Tin Can Sailors Association as well as The Tonkin Gulf Yatch Club