Case for The Corn Husker and Silo Filler

| September/October 1960

  • International Harvester tractor
    Finishing Husking-Silo filling early in Dec. 1926 on the Ross Farm-2 miles S.E. of Waynesburg, Ohio.

  • International Harvester tractor

Waynesburg, Ohio

The Spring of 1923 was wet! Here in east-central Ohio it rained at least a shower every day in May, and the first ten days of June.

We improved our time by repairing an 8-16 International Harvester tractor for another farmer while it rained. The arrangement, which was mutually beneficial, was that the farmer would buy the parts and we would be paid for our labor by the use of the tractor in putting in our corn crop.

This arrangement gave us a work force of two tractors, our new 15-30 McCormick-Deering and the above 8-16 I.H. plus our team of mules.

The rains finally let up on the 10th of June, so we got the job going and in five and one half days we had finished it. It rained a shower the day we finished.

We nursed the corn crop along through the wet summer and by September we realized that at least one-third of the crop would be soft, and should be used up fairly quickly. These soft ears would go right through the snapping rolls of the husker-shredder and most of it would end up with the shredded fodder in the mow, which would mean more trouble by possible heating.