John Deere’s development of the moldboard plow in 1837 changed the prairie landscape. Deere, a blacksmith from Grand Detour, Illinois designed a plow of cast steel with a moldboard that allowed it to cut through the heavy soil without the soil sticking to the plow.
John Deere developed the first commercially successful, self-scouring steel plow and founded the company that still bears his name.
In 1848, Deere moved his growing company 70 miles southwest to Moline, Illinois. His company expanded into making other John Deere tillage implements, tractors, combines and other machinery.
In 2023, the John Deere company uses state-of-the-art technology that offers farmers improved productivity and sustainability. John Deere machines are prominently used all over the world.