Harvesting Wheat in England

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In some parts of Great Britain grain is cut with reaphooks or scythes, just as it was here less than 100 years ago. But this in not true in the great midland grain belt of England. In fact one sees harvesting machinery all through the British Isles. Among the hills, however, one still sees the old-fashioned tools in use. American machinery is generally used. In the broad wheat fields of England, the meadows of Wales, or the oat fields of Scotland you can see harvesters made in America. Mowers, binders, plows, cultivators-all bearing an American name-may be bought in the hardware shops. We often think of England as a country of large cities. We would be more nearly correct if we thought of it as a land of well-tended fields, and neat villages. England was once a farming country. There are too many people now to have land enough for all to farm, besides, most of the land is held by large estates, and the farmer at best can only rent it. Few men own the ground they till in England. For this reason many of the fields are "run down." England does not rank high as a farming country for other reasons. A great part of its people go into the many factories. Another large part sail its thousands of ships. Still another part are busy in its iron and coal mines. England now gets much of its wheat from Canada and the United States. Its farms were formerly noted for their cattle and sheep. Now its beef and mutton comes from Australasia, and Argentina. The English farm is much prettier to look at than are our American farms. The heavy rains and the light winter make the grass and trees a wonderful green. The fences are usually beautifully kept hedges. Great oaks stand out like sentinels beside quiet lakes or along streams. Keystone ID: 13149 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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