0000315189 false 0000315189 2020-05-28 2020-05-29 0000315189 us-gaap:CommonStockMember 2020-05-28 2020-05-29 0000315189 de:Debentures8.5PercentDue2022Member 2020-05-28 2020-05-29 0000315189 de:Debentures6.55PercentDue2028Member 2020-05-28 2020-05-29 iso4217:USD xbrli:shares iso4217:USD xbrli:shares






Washington, D.C.  20549







Pursuant to Section13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report: May 29, 2020

(Date of earliest event reported)



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   1-4121   36-2382580
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)


One John Deere Place

Moline, Illinois 61265

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)


(309) 765-8000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


¨  Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


¨  Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


¨  Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading symbol   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $1 par value   DE   New York Stock Exchange
8½ % Debentures Due 2022   DE22   New York Stock Exchange
6.55% Debentures Due 2028   DE28   New York Stock Exchange


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On May 29, 2020, James M. Field announced his intention to resign as President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry and Power Systems, effective June 30, 2020. On that date, Mr. Field will become Senior Adviser, Office of the Chairman.


Mr. Field was granted a special equity award in March 2019, which was scheduled to vest over a three-year period. Mr. Field is forfeiting the award.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


  (d) Exhibits
    Number Description of Exhibit
    104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (the cover page XBRL tags are imbedded in the Inline XBRL document)







     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereto duly authorized.



  By: /s/ Todd E. Davies
    Todd E. Davies
Dated: May 29, 2020