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Check-Row Planter Ended Era of Hand-Sowing Crops

As recently as 150 years ago, crops were hand-sown.It’s an image almost incomprehensible today: A farmer walking a plowed field, planting corn (or cotton, or potatoes, or other crops) by making seed holes with hoes, “dibble sticks,” or simple drop devices, then manually covering and tamping each hole.By the early 1800s, though, mechanization became inevitable. Development of ...

Gary Van Hoozer

Farm Collector Magazine

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