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Agri View: Farm Progress

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Everett Griner talks about the progress of farming over the past 100 years in today’s Agri View.

Farm Progress

You want to know how farming has changed over the past century. Listen carefully. In 1850 it required 75 to 90 hours of labor and three acres of land to produce farmer-in-tractor-preparing-land-with-cultivator100 bushels of corn. That’s two week’s paid labor today. By 1930 it only took about 30 hours of hard work. That is about half of a week in today’s time. Tractors and harrows were involved by this time but corn was still pulled by hand. Corn combines came along in the 1940’s but it still took 15 hours and two acres of land. Today 200 bushels of corn is practical on any acre of land and time is calculated in minutes. Corn is an example in this case. Other grain crops kept pace with corn. In fact all crops could be included in this progress movement. It is hard to imagine what is ahead for the next 100 years.

That’s Agri View for today, I’m Everett Griner.