The “Bankout” aka auger wagon, grain cart or chaser bin is certainly one of California’s most unique tractors. Welcome to our farm and ride along with me during our 2018 rice harvest.
The bankout was developed by Al Pike of Richvale, California, in the heart of the northern Sacramento Valley’s rice fields, in the 1960s. The bankout featured in this harvest video was originally purchased by my grandfather in the 60s and has been used on the family farm ever since.
The bankout has been my favorite tractor since I was a kid–and still is to this day.
Let me know how you refer to the tractor or implement you use on your farm: auger wagon, grain cart or chaser bin?
As I mentioned in the video this bankout was featured (without a cab) in Episode 52 of Rice Farming TV: The 1989 Rice Harvest! Here is the link to that video: