Harvesting Grain Essay

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Harvesting Grain in America in 1930’s It was done with use of different tools by hired crew or neighbors whom worked together to harvest each other's wheat, someone had to keep track of how many days each farmer took. Neighbors paid each other for their labor. One man was a lot cheaper than an entire crew. A cradle is an a tool used to reap grain. It is a scythe with an arrangement of fingers attached to the handle such that the cut grain falls upon the fingers and can be cleanly laid down in a row for collection. The center of interest in this agricultural tool was the American Midwest, where grain growing was a major industry. The cradle was used in the smaller farms that were not designed for mechanical reaping and in part because there were still a great number of smaller farms where the mechanical reaper was not economical. However, by the end of the 19th century the cradle had been generally replaced by the mechanical reaper, a horse-drawn machine and later by other mechanical methods of harvesting such as the combine harvester. Finishing the harvest each season is the reward for a year's hard work. For wheat farmers who could afford it in the 30s, the work of harvest was made a lot easier and cheaper with the development of combines. Combines began to take over the harvest from threshing crews and separate machines. In the 20s, one machine would cut the wheat and then bind the stalks into shocks just big enough for a man or boy to carry. The shocks were gathered and then brought to a centrally located thresher machine. The wheat was fed into the machine. The stalks were beaten and flailed to separate the wheat seeds from the stalks and chaff. The combine brought all of those functions into one machine pulled by a tractor. And in 1935, manufacturers figured out a way to allow one man to operate the entire machine. Fifteen years later, the Farm
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