Best of Show

Colfax, Wash. The Palouse Empire Threshing Bee (held Sept. 5, 2005) is unique in at least two respects, notes Wendell Love, Palo Alto, Calif. For one thing, it is held west of the Rockies. The second thing is the fact that the wheat is cut and transported to the stationary thresher using a horse-powered push header in combination with header box wagons. Nearly all threshing demonstrations that I am aware of, or have seen pictures of, utilize binders to cut the grain and then transport the bundles to the stationary thresher via bundle wagons. -- A frontal view of the header showing the cutter bar, reel and canvas draper for elevating the cut grain into the header box. Horses are positioned behind the business end of the header. Here, six horses are being used, three on each side of the driving tongue. In the early days, four horses were sometimes used on each side to provide more power on steep hills in the Palouse region. Photo by Wendell Love.