First Commercial Pick-up Baler

First Commercial Pick-up Baler (HM72M)

Location: Shelbyville, IL 62565 Shelby County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 24.395', W 88° 47.43'

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Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering

In the Shelbyville area during the Spring of 1929, Raymore McDonald designed and developed the first commercial pick-up baler as conceived and financed by Horace Tallman and his sons, Leslie R. And Gentry L. These balers were marketed for many years by the Ann Arbor Machine Company of Shelbyville. This concept of field processing of farm forages made a significant contribution to the efficiency and economy of mechanized forage harvesting in the world's agriculture.This basic field pick-up mechanism has been used in about 1.5 million balers built in the U.S. by 1980.
HM NumberHM72M
Year Placed1980
Placed ByAmerican Society of Agricultural Engineers
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 2:36pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 345843 N 4363426
Decimal Degrees39.40658333, -88.79050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.395', W 88° 47.43'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 23.70" N, 88° 47' 25.80" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 270-298 IL-16, Shelbyville IL 62565, US
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