From Past to Present

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson September 4, 2018 15:10 Updated

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The development of steam power  is what starts tractor history, and in 1849 when M. Archambault & Company of Philadelphia made the first farm steam engine, newspaper man Horace Greeley wrote the following:

The time must be at hand when every thrifty farmer will have such an engine of his own,  and chopping straw, turning grindstone, cutting wood, churning, threshing, etc., will cease to be  a manual and become a mechanical operation.

Every year during Labor Day weekend I am involved in one of the many reunions that celebrate these machines of the past, and I marvel at the path farm equipment has taken over the years.  The “modern” technological  improvements began with the cotton gin, cast-iron plow, McCormick reaper, grain drill, mowing machine and twine binder to name a few; and while those inventions have been improved on or replaced throughout history, today farming technology includes remote sensing, genetic engineering, agricultural robots, drones, and vertical cultivating.

The intentions behind all farming advancements have remained the same historically – to produce more with greater efficiency, and with less man-hours – all in an effort to feed more people.  But today those efforts focus on even more specific areas such as monitoring crops for disease or damage, creating crops that can produce greater yields and resist disease, perform agricultural tasks with little or no human involvement, and grow crops in new ways because our nation is running out of arable land on which to grow food.

If you want to take a trip down memory lane, check out some of the videos from the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion.  And then while you’re at it, take a look at the video below for a taste of equipment from the present.  There are some pretty impressive machines out there today, but this equipment will one day, like all the others, become a part of history.

 

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Resources:

http://fafdl.org/blog/2017/03/22/technology-that-will-change-agriculture-in-2017/

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=western+minnesota+steam+threshers+reunion

https://www.farmcollector.com/company-history/tractor-history-ze0z1205zsie

https://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/index.htm

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson September 4, 2018 15:10 Updated
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