Ten Agricultural Inventions that Changed the Face of Farming in America
Let's Talk Rusty Iron: The inventions that stand out in the history of farming and farm machinery.
McCormick’s reaper. From The Prairie Farmer, January 1941.
An early cotton gin with the hopper cover removed. From Appletons’ Cyclopaedia of Applied Mechanics, 1885.
A “groundhog” thresher circa 1834. From The American Thresherman, July 1929.
Hiram Moore’s combine. From The Growth of Industrial Art, 1892.
A 1909 International Auto Wagon. Courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society, Image ID 27263.
An 1885 Case self-propelled, straw-burner steam engine that could also be pulled and steered by horses. Courtesy of the J.I. Case Co., Racine, Wis.
Decades of Progress
Counter-clockwise from top: The 1900 Hart-Parr tractor, courtesy Floyd County (Iowa) Historical Society; the Farmall tractor; the original Firestone chevron-tread tractor tire; an early Ford tractor with the Ferguson System.