All images courtesy Deere & Co.Prior to 1955, if a farmer needed to shell a lot of corn for feeding or selling, a commercial sheller was hired. It cost 3 to 5 cents per bushel 50 years ago, and was considered a significant expense.
All images courtesy Deere & Co.This illustration from a Deere & Co. catalog makes corn combining look as effortless as a summer picnic.
All images courtesy Deere & Co.In the mid-1950s, ag technology took a major leap forward with the development of the corn combine.
All images courtesy Deere & Co.Corn combining was a new idea farmers needed to evaluate 50 years ago. Today, it is the accepted method for harvesting most of the corn crop in North America.
All images courtesy Deere & Co.The John Deere 88 portable dryer could be used to dry either shelled corn or ear corn in a steel storage bin. It also could be used to dry hay, peanuts or small grains. It burned LP gas to heat the air blown by the 34-inch-diameter fan.
All images courtesy Deere & Co.John Deere introduced this Model 458 batch dryer in 1958, because corn harvested early with a combine usually needs to be artificially dried to reduce the moisture content for safe storage. This photo was taken on the Dean Knapp farm near LaCrosse, Ind.
All images courtesy Deere & Co.Stanton Klenge, Farmersburg, Iowa, was one of many farmers who wanted to harvest both shelled corn and ear corn. Shown here in 1958 is a John Deere 227 corn picker with No. 50 sheller mounted on a Model 630 tractor.