A Family Farm Album

Farm and Land

A Family Farm Album: Frank Sadorus' Photographs : Farm and Land

Wheat harvester

A normal farming year was fairly predictable with specific crops coming at specific times. In early summer came the first hay-cutting and wheat-threshing, followed in July by harvesting the oats and a second cutting of hay. If a farm specialized in dairy, some of the corn and hay would be turned into silage. Squeezed between the small grain harvest, farmers would till the corn, "busting the middles" of each row with a single shovel plow that threw the dirt around the emerging corn stalks. Meanwhile a large house garden would have been planted, with small fruits and vegetabels harvested and preserved as they came in.

Collection of the Illinois State Museum
ISM Accession #: 1987.001.083

Wheat harvester

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A Family Farm Album: Frank Sadorus' Photographs : Farm and Land

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