This John Deere 28x46 thresher is put through its paces at a threshing bee in Merrill, Iowa. Photo by Bonita Davison.
Draft horses get a workout pulling wagons of shocked wheat. John Conley, Merrill, Iowa, has helped load and pitch bundles at all of the Davisonsâ€™ threshing events. Photo by Bonita Davison.
A restored John Deere Model D paired up with the John Deere thresher. Antique tractors supply power for the threshing; horses are used to pull wagons. Photo by Bonita Davison.
Loading the wagon for the threshing bee. Photo by Bonita Davison.
To unload the grain, the Davisons use a wagon hoist operated by a horse power. John Conley and Mike Luckel, Le Mars, Iowa, provide teams of draft horses for the horse power. A 1928 paddle elevator, owned by Duane Junck, Kingsley, Iowa, is used to load grain onto a waiting semi. Photo by Bonita Davison.
Pitching bundles from the wagon to the thresher. Anyone interested is welcome to participate. Photo by Bonita Davison.
The noise, movement, dust and chaff surrounding a threshing machine can be frightening to a team unfamiliar with the process. Even teams used daily for fieldwork had to become accustomed to standing next to a threshing machine. Photo by Bonita Davison.
Bundles of oats can be pitched into the machine by several people at a time. The sound of the oats going through the knives is an indication of how quickly or slowly the bundles should be pitched. Photo by Bonita Davison.