Cub Cadet collectors try their hand at making sorghum, start to finish
Left to right: Tom Jeffrey, Tony Woodrum and Sam Woodrum (Tony's dad) keep busy skimming and moving the juice along in the pan. Below left: Jerry Bohm gets the crushed cane out of the way while Leon Ramey keeps the mill clear of debris.
It's a delicate balance between the fire and keeping the pan cooking right.
Jerry Bohm, feeding the mill. The Great Western mill was manufactured by Blymyer Iron Works Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1873. A 2-horse mill, it was designed to be powered by animals via sweep arms atop the mill. A century later, this mill has been modified to run off power generated by a Ford Bronco engine.
A nice steady flow of juice keeps the "make house" guys happy. The Great Western mill was advertised as capable of generating 80 gallons of juice per hour, or processing 3-5 tons of cane in 12 hours.
Sam Woodrum (left) and Tom Jeffrey still enjoying themselves after a long day.
This is what you work for keeping a nice level of cooking at all times.
Jerry Bohm gets the crushed cane out of the way while Leon Ramey keeps the mill clear of debris.
Plowing the cane field, with the make house in the background.
Brandon Woodrum plowing the cane field on the author's 1961 Cub Cadet.
Jerry Bohm on the author's Cub Cadet pulling the planter built by Tony Woodrum, who follows with a stick to knock down the seed as necessary. Not all of this stuff is high tech.
Trailer load of cane.
The proof is in the chewing: Molasses crinkle cookies made by the author's wife, Jill Cross.