Two pairs of pliers and a coil of hay wire fashioned in the hands of a Minnesota county agent in 1936 helped solve an urgent need of the federal government's new land measuring program under the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. The resulting wire model of the land measuring wheel created by E.S. Gandrud progressed to a rod measuring wheel approved by AAA for acreage measurement. It enabled one person to accurately accomplish what had previously taken two.
"If you can develop needed equipment like that, Gandy," said his next county committee in Pipestone, where he soon located, "You should devote your time to developing new ideas to aid the farmers."
Borrowing $100 from a local bank, Gandy financed the initial production of the measuring wheel by a St. Paul manufacturing firm and founded the E.S. Gandrud Company, later renamed Gandy Company.
The fledgling firm soon faced a new engineering task: How to uniformly apply sodium chlorate in the safer granular form than the volatile spray then being used to control western Minnesota's leading weed pest, "Creeping Jenny," or field bindweed. Gandy developed a metering device for the task, leading to the development of Gandy spreaders for phosphate, and later for balanced applications of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash.
Troublesome pest infestations coupled with the availability of more granular pesticides brought more challenges to the company which soon became known to the industry as "THE GRANULAR APPLICATOR PEOPLE." New projects included placement of soil insecticides in the row at planting, application of chemical directly into the whorl of growing corn plants to fight corn borer, and the broadcasting of granular herbicides up to 60 and more feet wide. These new challenges brought growth and service, with Gandy equipment now aiding farmers in all agricultural states and many foreign countries.
From the 30's to the new century the agricultural scene has changed
dramatically in implements used, tillage practices and marketing, and Gandy
Company looks ahead at even newer metering devices, ground speed compensation,
and greater versatility in materials and rates being applied. Yet from the
vantage point of over 75 years in business, we realize our essential task is to
make our customers' work easier and safer; and while technologically advancing,
keeping our design simple and our products accurate and efficient.