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Inventor, entrepreneur Ben Dillon to auction farmland, focus on new harvester production

Farmer, inventor and entrepreneur Ben Dillon is preparing to offer 716 acres of high-quality contiguous farmland at auction, as he turns his focus toward marketing his Tribine Harvester, which is being hailed as the first major combine innovation since the 1940s. Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company will market the farm and conduct the auction.

"We're set to begin production in January in our new assembly plant in Newton, Kansas, and my focus needs to be there rather than on the farm," said Dillon, who intends to use the proceeds from the farm sale for production of the Tribine.

The land he is selling has a history of excellent corn and soybean yields, with more than 200 bushels of corn per acre, according to Gene Klingaman, executive of the auction company.

"In addition to the great soils, an attractive aspect is that all 716 acres are contiguous. In fact, we believe this may be the largest contiguous field in either Carroll or Cass County. With fields a mile long, it's very efficient for use with today's big, modern equipment," said Klingaman.

The auction will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, at Angie's Place, 1007 17th Street, Logansport. Schrader personnel will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, and Tuesday, October 20 to provide detailed information and accommodate inspections. Online bidding will be available.

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