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Focus on Texas: Tractors

These ubiquitous countryside workhorses become poignant works of art when seen in the right light

For more than 100 years, the agricultural community has implemented tractors in Texas, making them a beloved and iconic fixture in the landscape.

This month’s photo entries were curated by Cedar Park High School student Cailin Sylvester, and the intro was written by Rouse High School student Nalani Nuylan. They participated in Leander Independent School District’s Career Opportunities on Location Week at Texas Co-op Power.

Bill Galloway, Pedernales EC: “Retired antique tractor fenced in by barbed wire and tasajillo, near Granite Shoals”

Lisa Griffis, Mid-South Synergy: “My neighbor has several bluebird boxes on his property. This male bluebird decided to catch a ride to deliver his takeout dinner.”

Michael Mitchell, J-A-C EC: Tractors in Munday

Gene Domec, Jasper-Newton EC: Tractor hay rake in the back pasture after an early-morning snowfall in Southeast Texas last December

Web Extra: Loida Stephenson, Pedernales EC: “Old rusty Farmall tractor on snow day”

Web Extra: Larry Golden, Trinity Valley EC: Tractor on display at the Henderson Syrup Festival

Web Extra: Nikki Sandidge, Bandera EC: “Taken at the Tri-County tractor pull at Bulls and Pulls in Marion”

Web Extra: Lisa Snell, Pedernales EC: “Gilliam Ranch equipment in Hondo”

Web Extra: Ken Kirk, CoServ: “An old tractor resting in a field, just waiting to work again”

Web Extra: Patty Dykes, Lamar County EC: “Ace loves to help put hay out for the cows.”

Web Extra: Lisa Alvarez, Jasper-Newton EC: Tractor graveyard

Web Extra: Lisa Griffis, Mid-South Synergy: “This tractor was sitting outside a farm near Montgomery, Texas. It has seen its better days. The tire off the rim and the spider web caught my eye.”

Web Extra: Jeanie Mann, Hamilton County EC: “On a summer day, I noticed the sun shining on the side of my husband’s old John Deere 2240 tractor. I snapped this photo of the engine I had never really paid much attention to before. I was amazed at the artistic beauty of the engine.”

Web Extra: Kathy Whiteley, Wood County EC: Whiteley’s grandson, Case Deal, rides his Case tractor accompanied by his dachshund, Ruger.

Web Extra: K.P. Wilska, United Cooperative Services: “In Lampasas, there were old tractors along the road. No more motor or front wheel, but the seat suspension had a bird’s nest.”