The Rise of Riding Implements

Seats on horse-drawn implements helped boost farm productivity during and after the Civil War.

Deere & Mansur planter: Nearly 100 years ago, the horse-drawn, 2-row nos. 9, 99 and 999 riding corn planters were manufactured at the Deere & Mansur factory in Moline, Ill. Prior to 1912, that factory was not officially a part of Deere & Co. Therefore, when introduced, these three planters were painted red and had yellow wheels. This photo of a no. 999 planter was taken from an early St. Louis sales branch catalog.