5/15/2013 2:16:26 PM
Sam Moore wonders at the change from planting corn with row markers to using GPS systems.
5/3/2013 4:18:14 PM
Josephine Roberts fires up her Massey Ferguson 35 for a jaunt around her neighborhood.
5/2/2013 11:22:08 AM
Gail Borden found success with condensed milk.
4/25/2013 1:30:25 PM
Sam Moore shares recollections of what he ate on the family farm while growing up in the 1940s.
4/15/2013 1:25:35 PM
Horseware is happy to announce the addition of Ice-Vibe Hock and Ice-Vibe Knee to the revolutionary Ice-Vibe range.
4/10/2013 12:48:12 PM
Sam Moore shares more rhymes of the Lazy Farmer from his collection.
4/4/2013 12:14:41 PM
Piece of equipment found on a dairy farm may have been used to grind corn for cattle feed.
4/1/2013 2:51:44 PM
Life was rough on the small farm in the 1930s
3/29/2013 2:24:09 PM
Moline Plow Co. trade card a standout
3/27/2013 3:01:43 PM
William Deering & Co. made quite a splash at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.
3/27/2013 12:29:19 PM
Radio sets were rural America’s connection to the world.
3/18/2013 11:36:49 AM
Sam Moore shares tidbits from the August 14, 1858 issue of The Ohio Farmer paper.
3/6/2013 11:05:45 AM
Harvesting the High Plains tells the story of man vs. nature in the Dust Bowl years
2/25/2013 3:13:50 PM
Sam Moore shares an excerpt from the memoirs of Erma Dickey Wonstetler, a small-town postmistress in the early 20th century.
2/25/2013 10:52:39 AM
The legend of the Piasa
bird, which was believed to devour men.
2/22/2013 2:45:27 PM
The first signs of spring in Nebraska are often difficult to discern — even to the watchful, experienced eye.
1/25/2013 10:27:00 AM
James Reeside, an early government mail contractor, worked the system
1/25/2013 9:22:19 AM
Travel around the
country was much more difficult before the interstate highway system.
1/21/2013 2:09:35 PM
Sam Moore shares an excerpt from Penny Magazine about making forks and other silverware in 1844.
1/14/2013 1:31:22 PM
FarmTek will be hosting its first ever Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) School March 19-21, 2013 and September 17-19, 2013.
1/3/2013 10:16:07 AM
Sam Moore shares excerpts from the Song of the Lazy Farmer, extolling the virtues of home-cooked food on the farm.
12/17/2012 11:27:35 AM
Sam Moore shares stories of Christmas during the Great Depression, including tips from Successful Farming magazine and homemade Christmas gift ideas.
12/6/2012 11:14:56 AM
Collection of farm memo books comes to life in digital archive
12/6/2012 8:38:32 AM
Early canning utilized fruit jars and National pressure cookers.
12/3/2012 4:36:42 PM
Rural mail carriers faced
unique challenges during long winters in deep snow on rugged terrain.
12/3/2012 9:58:01 AM
Improvements to motor cars in the early 1900s provided a fertile field for inventors. Many of their ideas became standard on later cars, some didn't, and some are considered today to be new innovations.
11/19/2012 1:57:57 PM
Sam Moore shares a glimpse into daily life and media in 1952.
11/9/2012 3:00:33 PM
Holidays marked by quest to find the perfect real Christmas trees
10/31/2012 1:58:00 PM
Josephine Roberts examines the human fascination with yesteryear and her own passion for the past
10/17/2012 2:12:45 PM
Sam Moore shares family stories and historical records of two of his (multiple great-) grandfathers, who acted as soldiers in the War of 1812.
10/4/2012 2:05:58 PM
Were you born in October? Heartland Acres will help you celebrate your birthday by giving you half price museum admission for visiting them in October as part of their celebration of 100th birthday of the two 1912 Ford Brass C Model T automobiles in their car museum.
9/28/2012 9:14:47 AM
Most collectors know the basics of the story of the steel plow, but how much do you know about John Deere's early life and family history?
9/24/2012 1:39:50 PM
For centuries, water wheels provided power for a variety of uses. Eric Sloane’s book "Diary of an Early American Boy" looks at the impact of a mill powered by an overshot water wheel in the early 1800s.
9/7/2012 2:10:53 PM
Sam Moore shares stories of threshing in America from a 1927 issue of The American Threshermen.
9/6/2012 4:44:30 PM
From the Garden of Eden to today, apple cider has been a part of life for a very long time.
8/20/2012 11:30:48 AM
When Sam Moore was a kid on a western Pennsylvania farm during the 1940s, the highlight of every summer (apart from threshing time and being out of school) was going to the Canfield Fair on Labor Day weekend.
8/8/2012 2:37:54 PM
Husking corn by hand provided opportunities for father and son to bond
8/8/2012 2:07:46 PM
North Wales man’s contribution to a struggling England during World War II was ploughing with a Caterpillar D2 with the War Ag.
8/8/2012 1:19:55 PM
Early mechanized devices tackled mess of plucking feathers
8/7/2012 9:57:23 AM
A new children's book by Beth Douglass Silcox tells the story of Jack, a young boy who dreams of helping with the farm chores on his father's Rumely Oil Pull.
7/20/2012 10:39:59 AM
Sam Moore shares childhood memories of Delco light plants, coal stoves and going to school in the 1940s.
7/6/2012 9:48:26 AM
Sam Moore shares snake stories from the farm.
7/5/2012 2:38:48 PM
Gather this collection of antique restoration tools to keep your collectibles in the best condition and make them shine.
7/5/2012 11:45:05 AM
Getting rid of rust can be frustrating. Learn how to remove rust while keeping surfaces free of scratches.
7/5/2012 10:55:25 AM
Learn how to store photographs and care for your precious pictures.
7/3/2012 4:16:36 PM
From wearing cotton gloves to using acid-free materials, learn how to care for your paper collectibles the right way.
6/22/2012 11:36:29 AM
Sam Moore relates the story of how one farmer reacted to farming with a tractor after a lifetime of driving a team. It turns out tractors aren't receptive to verbal commands.
6/5/2012 9:30:36 AM
An excerpt from "The Vanishing Village" tells of introducing the safety bicycle to a small, turn of the 20th century New York village.
5/24/2012 11:13:18 AM
In the June 1927 issue of the American Thersherman newsletter Bascom B. Clarke remembers fifty years of working with threshing machines, especially Robinson & Company threshers like the "New Bonanza" and the "Money Maker."
5/21/2012 9:48:40 AM
An article by Josephine Roberts in the June 2012 issue of Farm Collector sparks an exploration of how working sheep dogs are trained, and what they can do with that training.
4/27/2012 2:08:21 PM
Young farm hand gets more than he bargained for when he takes a John Deere Model B pulling a New Holland hay baler out of gear
4/26/2012 11:55:15 AM
Josephine Roberts introduces us to the faithful companion that is the working sheep dog
4/23/2012 10:59:44 AM
Videos show the incredible wheat harvest in Palouse Country in eastern Washington in the 1930s
4/20/2012 12:54:24 PM
The National Barn Alliance is helping preserve historic barns
4/19/2012 5:09:02 PM
Prepping a garden bed by hand leads to a new appreciation for the common plow.
4/18/2012 2:42:35 PM
Sam Moore shares good health quotes and poetic drug store advertisements from the 1800s.
4/10/2012 9:27:43 AM
This exam was taken from an original 1895 document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society & Library in Salina, Kan., and reprinted by the Salina Journal.
There is some debate as to whether it was administered to eighth graders as a final examination or to potential teachers.
4/10/2012 9:15:23 AM
Daylight saving time hits us every year — and this is the third year where we'll spend more time "saving" than in standard time.
4/10/2012 9:02:53 AM
Variations of this weather lore abound, involving both shepherds and sailors, and even appear in the Bible and Shakespeare.
4/5/2012 12:26:24 PM
Jokes about high gas prices are nothing new: Sam Moore shares quips from 1916 newspapers that could be mistaken for contemporary cartoons.
3/23/2012 1:02:32 PM
The American Grain Elevator: Function & Form takes a close look at the American grain elevator
3/23/2012 9:58:58 AM
Grain elevator memorabilia collection celebrates American agriculture
3/20/2012 1:20:34 PM
120 cornhuskers gather in Marshall, Mo., for the annual National Cornhusking Contest
3/20/2012 11:16:07 AM
See footage from 1930s-era cornhusking contests
2/21/2012 3:26:38 PM
Collectible matchbooks fit neatly into the farm memorabilia slot
2/16/2012 4:48:58 PM
Sam Moore shares excerpts from a 1912 edition of Country Gentlemen magazine.
1/19/2012 10:15:47 AM
Wood-burning cook stove collecting is heating up. Rural kitchen classics such as the Majestic cook stove and Monarch cook stove are popular once again.
11/23/2011 9:00:44 AM
Case manuals, farm memorabilia and more at heart of Ohio collection
10/25/2011 4:21:25 PM
Before modern conveniences, gasoline and butane gas were stored in jugs and barrels and moved using a hand-cranked pump
10/25/2011 4:02:38 PM
Working with horses presented unique challenges in the workhorse era
9/19/2011 2:54:37 PM
A look at steam threshing in 1875, from the Pacific Rural Press
9/19/2011 12:20:23 PM
Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: U.S. farmers faced high farm mortgages and big debts even before the Great Depression began, and the stock market crash and dust storms only made it worse.
8/23/2011 12:35:49 PM
Labor saving technology, like shock loaders and threshing machines, was the beginning of the end for farm workers’ jobs.
7/20/2011 4:10:51 PM
Farm kids and tractor rigs rolling downhill out of gear a potentially lethal combination.
7/20/2011 3:40:28 PM
Beware the optional equipment! Collector gets more than he bargains for in tractor salvage operation.
7/20/2011 10:26:01 AM
Ploughing matches are hardcore spring time events in Wales, and the one in Aberdaron, Llyn Peninsula is no exception.
7/20/2011 10:08:55 AM
The labor intensive job of silo filling ensured ensilage, or winter fodder for hungry livestock.
6/30/2011 10:16:08 AM
From grain scoops and grain trucks to grain elevators and grain augers, grain hauling was made easier after the Dust Bowl years.
6/30/2011 10:10:02 AM
Lessons from the blacksmith’s shop survive passage of time.
6/30/2011 9:48:42 AM
South Carolina steam-powered sawmill looms large in boyhood experience.
4/25/2011 4:49:37 PM
Taking care of the canvas on early grain harvesting machines was an important part of life on the farm.
4/21/2011 3:24:23 PM
Standardized measurements, in the form of surveyor's chains, zigzag rules and gas sticks, were an essential part of farm operation.
4/1/2011 12:02:31 PM
Journal recounts operation of Watt’s Mill on Little Beaver Creek in South Beaver Township, Pa., 100 years ago
3/30/2011 3:59:11 PM
The difficult terrain of Whitman County, Wash., meant the wheat harvest in the early 1900s utilized custom threshers and a unique tramway system
3/16/2011 11:03:16 AM
These old iron videos show the labor intensive process of peanut harvesting in Virginia and Georgia.
2/15/2011 11:40:58 AM
Alabama’s Landmark Park keeps the Wiregrass area’s peanut harvest tradition alive with vintage equipment.
1/31/2011 12:29:49 PM
It is believed Fred Hatch's silo in Spring Grove, Ill., was the first one built in America in 1873.
1/25/2011 11:53:24 AM
It used to be milking cattle and using the cream separator were everyday activities
1/21/2011 12:12:42 PM
From horse power to steam powered engines to gas tractors, agricultural development was seen first hand in Brown County, Kansas
12/22/2010 12:28:46 PM
Before combines and mechanical pickers, shock tiers were used to gather corn stalks for later use as fodder or bedding for livestock
11/23/2010 12:08:42 PM
For years, the Robert B. Thomas’ Old Farmer’s Almanac has provided advice as varied as the timing of planting crops to astronomical phenomena
11/22/2010 12:02:36 PM
Abandoned coal mines, hundreds of acres and livestock made the farm a great place to grow up.
11/18/2010 2:22:20 PM
National Cornhuskers Assn. hosts hand picking cornhusking contests throughout the Midwest each fall
11/1/2010 12:26:00 PM
Michigan man remembers automotive giant Mr. Ford’s impact on local farm network during the Great Depression
10/28/2010 12:25:00 PM
With the help of Yankee peddlers, clockmaker Eli Terry turned clocks from expensive timepieces to something to average farmer couldn’t live without.
10/28/2010 10:34:56 AM
Modern technology helps keep seed stock safe, but much simpler methods were used in the past.
9/29/2010 12:27:55 PM
Dynamometers gave a way to standardize measurements at horse pulls, where intensive conditioning and good breeding prove important.
9/24/2010 2:21:48 PM
Tumblebugs and silage cutters proved useful devices on southwest Iowa farms thanks to the heat and drought in the summer of 1936
9/24/2010 11:33:14 AM
Milk scales, the tool of choice for the county’s milk tester, proved a great tool in dairy efficiency along with the Babcock test and butterfat testing equipment.
8/31/2010 3:10:41 PM
When it comes to antique farm tools it's not surprising that many remain stubbornly unidentifiable. Do you know what any of these 24 mystery tools were used for?