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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Threshing at Motherwell Farm

A new year of ramblings begins.
I shot this video on vhs back in August of 92 at the Motherwell Farm's annual threshing demonstration. They re-enact the process of threshing grain just as it was done when the farm was a working farm circa 1911. Of course they can't push the old Hart Parr tractor too hard and with a limited amount of grain sheaves to work with , they have to make it last for a couple of days worth of demos anyway. This time they got perfect harvest weather. The kind my Dad used to talk about with the blazing hot sun, grain dust, and a seemingly endless supply of stooks to be hauled in from the field to the thresher.
No slackers allowed here as the hungry thresher had to be kept running to capacity blowing a steady stream of separated straw out the blower and a stream of clean grain into the bin. When it was all done, Dad's wages went towards paying the threshing bill. After a few years of this I guess the army looked pretty good with 3 meals and a dollar a day when he joined up in 1941.


  1. I went to one of those back in the 70's somewhere over in Ohio.

  2. I always get a lot of amusement out of the folks running the thresher or stationary baler at our local antique tractor show. It is usually one of the hottest days of the year and those guys are out there doing something for fun that you couldn't pay them enough to do for a job.