Harvesting Barley With Tractor

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We hear much these days about "increased production." By this is meant that more of everything should be grown or manufactured. And this should be done with as little use of man-power as possible. This view could well be called "Two Men Doing the Work of Thirty Men and Twenty Horses." For here you see two men taking care of labor that thirty men usually do with many teams. Their machine cuts the barley, and does away with binding it and setting the sheaves in shocks by threshing out the grain at once. The threshing alone regularly requires a score of men and a dozen horses at least. How can two men do so much? The man nearer to you is taking care of the power that runs the machine. This power is a gasoline tractor. It is built low and heavy so that its barred wheels have no trouble clinging to the ground. Pulling the cutter and thresher behind it is child's play for a tractor like this. The second man oversees the other half of the machine, which works in this way. The upper part of the standing grain is driven against a sharp sickle by the revolving reel that you see to the left. The heads of grain fall on a moving canvas that carries the barley up into the thresher. There the grains are quickly beaten from the heads by heavy iron teeth. The chaff and straw are blown out behind, while the grain falls down into sacks where it is weighed, tied, and dropped on a platform. Such a machine can be used only in a dry climate. Why? Is there anything in the view to suggest that this farming country is high? Keystone ID: 13719 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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