Alabama’s Landmark Park keeps peanut harvest tradition alive with vintage equipment
An early 1940s Lilliston stationary peanut picker. Peanut stacks were hauled to a picker run off a tractor belt pulley. Often, farmers within a community would share the expense of the stationery picker and share the labor.
Peanut stacks are loaded by hand into the stationary peanut picker. Here, former Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright feeds the picker with a pitchfork.
Peanut stacks were placed in convenient locations around the fields to dry.
After being removed from the vines, peanuts were dumped into washtubs or wagons.
In the Wiregrass area peanut rows were not always straight.
As hay accumulated in the back of the stationary picker, it was fed into a mechanized baler, like this John Deere model. The man responsible for feeding the hay baler was called the “hay doodler.” Here, Jack Ammons performs that dirty and dusty job.
This peanut sheller, donated by Julian Webb Jr., Oglethorpe, Ga., dates to the 1890s. It is on display at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, Tifton, Ga.
Photo courtesy Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village
A mule-powered hay baler dating to the early 1900s.
The cotton boll weevil: a, adult beetle: b, pupa: c, larva-enlarged.