Story of Farming

Early Farm Plows

Early Farm Implements

Early Farm Power

Early Farm Tractors

John Deer Tractors

Farm All Tractors

Steam and Other Tractors

Modern Tractors

Modern Implements

Food Production Data

History of Farm and Cities





Early Combine The first combine was invented by Hiran Moore in 1838.  It took several decades before the combine came into wide use.  Early combines were driven by as many as 16 or more horses.  

Later they were pulled by steam engine and then combined into a single machine by George Stockton Berry.  Berry took the straw and used it for fuel to heat the boiler.  The header (or cutter) was over forty feet.  This machine could cut and thresh over one hundred acres in a day. (24F)  The cost of the machine was also cheaper than the horse drawn reapers and stationary threshers.  The cost of the reaper and thresher was about $3 a acre while the combine was between $1.50 and $1.75.  

Horse Drawn Combine
Modern Combine

The modern combine has many luxuries.  Most are now equipped with a full stereo system, comfortable seat, and full air conditioning.    The inside of the cab is slightly pressurized so that the air pushes  out of the cab which does not allow dust and dirt to come in.

Steam Tractors


Story of Farming
  |  Auto Plow  |  Cultivators  | Planting  |  Reaping |  Threshing
Threshing Machines |  Combines   | Steam Engines
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