Hybrid Corn Pioneers

Steve Kenkel celebrates Shelby County, Iowa’s role in hybrid corn development

Keystone Hand-Dropped Corn Planter
Center: Steve restored this Keystone hand-dropped corn planter in 2009; the piece dates to 1869, manufactured by Keystone Mfg. Co, Rock Falls, Ill. Left: a Farmer’s Friend hand-drop corn planter produced by Farmer’s Friend Mfg. Co., Dayton, Ohio, in about 1887. Right: a corn planter produced by Brown Corn-Planter Works, Knox County, Ill.