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Old John Deere equipment used to harvest oats in Iowa

Posted by Green Fun Store on 7/28/2010
While modern techniques are certainly helping farmers, some of those very same producers want to make sure people don't forget what it took to do the same kind of work in decades past.

According to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, members of the Antique Acres organization recently harvested oats with some old John Deere equipment. Tony French, who owns the John Deere B and grain binders that helped with the effort, said the group wants people to remember the old ways.

"We want people to appreciate what their forefathers had to do to make a living," French told the Iowa paper. "They had a hell of a lot of work to do."

While harvesting, the John Deere binder cut and bound the oats together, while men followed it and set the bundles up along the way.

These days, farmers have a variety of options when it comes to planting and harvesting their products. What used to take additional workers is now being accomplished with new machines and technologies that improve efficiency.ADNFCR-3425-ID-19912121-ADNFCR