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Our Old Combine

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Published on Jul 30, 2007

Hollin farmers Tom and Matthew Davenport show how they use a 1970 International Model 82 combine to harvest an eight acre field of oats at Sky Meadows State Park. This small combine was manufactured for farmers when farms raised diversified crops which included grain. The combine is powered by the power takeoff from the tractor. Matt's grandfather had a combine just like this, but it was sold in the 1990s. Matt found this one (which was better shape than our old one) at a farm equipment auction in 2007 and bought it for $400. Tom demonstrates mowing with a scythe, and shows how a similar tool, the "cradle" was used to cut grain fields. Photos of the cradle are by Stephen Hough from from Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri. The photos are of Elva Hough, who is probably the photographer's grandfather. Excellent pages on thrashing and rural life at http://thelibrary.springfield.missour...

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