Staff and students from the University of Warwick Crop Centre joined Massey Ferguson’s procession this weekend, celebrating ’70 tractors for 70 years’.
Five tractors from the Warwick Crop Centre travelled 17 miles to Coventry to take part in the procession, organised by the Coventry Transport Museum.
Massey Ferguson, which has a long standing history with the University of Warwick, was celebrating 70 years since the start of production of the iconic Ferguson TE20 tractor.
Campbell Scott, director of marketing services for EAME, Massey Ferguson said they were ’thrilled’ Warwick Crop Centre was able to join the tractor parade.
"We are thrilled that Warwick Crop Centre was able to join this magnificent tractor pageant and celebrate the heritage of Massey Ferguson with us.
"The Centre’s long-term relationship with the brand is highly valued and we are delighted that our machinery continues to play a key role in the important research work at Wellesbourne."
The history of the University of Warwick and Massey Ferguson dates back to 1946 when Harry Ferguson himself would test drive the tractors on Tocil farmland, where the University now stands.
Dr Rosemary Collier, director of the Warwick Crop Centre said: "At Warwick Crop Centre we undertake a wide variety of field trials focused on the future production of food, particularly vegetables, in a sustainable manner.
"Most of these trials are quite complex, and at a small-scale, and our range of small Massey Ferguson tractors, some of which we have had for many years, do a great job in this respect.
"Being manually operated and with a diverse range of equipment attachments, the small 60hp models are absolutely ‘fit for purpose’."
The National Vegetable Research Station was established in Wellesbourne in 1949 where the University of Warwick’s Crop Centre is now located and Massey Ferguson tractors have been an essential part of the vegetable research work that is carried out at the Warwick Crop Centre to this day.