From hand-sown corn growing to horse-drawn check planters.
Early illustration showing the “checkerboard” pattern created by a check planter.
Joe Isler’s A.C. Evans planter, produced in Springfield, Ohio.
“Beedle & Kelly” is clearly stenciled on this planter seed box.
Joe Isler’s Sunrise hand-check planter. When the planter was sold at auction, the owner asked a friend to stand nearby and keep an eye on the cast iron seats. “Each seat,” Joe says, “was worth at least $1,000.”
Corn jobber with fertilizer box.
The Beedle & Kelly planter has a sheet-metal seat with the name “Champion” stamped in it.
Interior view of the seed box on the Beedle & Kelly planter. Note the small roller over the seed plates.
The Evans planter’s heavy-duty marker. The metal marker protrudes from the wooden skid plate.
Joe Isler’s wooden box corn jobber.
Joe Isler’s 3-row checkmarker. The implement was used crosswise to mark the place to set seed when using a check planter. Check planting made it possible to cultivate a field in two directions.
This cast iron seat is embellished with the name “Sunrise Planter.” The seat has no spring and is bolted to the planter tongue.
A corn planter box with the manufacturer’s name clearly marked.
This Sunrise planter’s seat spring is made of formed wood.
Detail of the stamped sheet-metal seat from a planter owned by Will Green.
A planter owned by Will Green on display at Plain City, Ohio.