SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT, & LIVESTOCK

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SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT, & LIVESTOCK,

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FARM BUSINESS
Discussion of returning to farming in 1953. Mentions change from horses to tractors, maintenance, & hired help. Grew corn, wheat, soybeans, & raised cattle & hogs. Poor description of crop rotation. Farrowed hogs. Wilbur was allergic to hogs, but liked them better than cattle. Sold corn & beans, some grain fed to livestock, hay fed to livestock. Some grain stored in grain bins. Usually hired people to truck grain to elevator.
CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT
Machinery kept getting bigger. From 4 row to 16 row tractor. Farmers increased farm size, often by renting land. Gives prices of farm equipment. Notes decrease in number of farmers & bankruptcies. Profits from selling first house went to equipment & livestock. Notes cost of automobile.
LIVESTOCK
Got rid of chickens for health reasons. Always had cats & dogs.