SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS & FARM EQUIPMENT

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SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS & FARM EQUIPMENT,

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FARMING METHODS
"I hated fodder." Used team of horses & wagon. Used corn knife. Discusses shocking corn & making hills of corn for fodder for cows. Got $0.10 per shock. Bert could stack 16 hills per day; Bert's brother had different method & could make 24 hills. Heavy & hot work. "I detested fodder." Sometimes cut only half a row for cow's immediate needs. All hand-work. Really earned money.
HIRED HELP
Hard work for little money, but "a dollar is a dollar." Mentions cost of some clothing.
WOMEN'S WORK
Mother made cotton flannel mittens for work. Used in timber work too.
FARM EQUIPMENT
Dad put 20 acres in for hay. Most rented farms did not have barn & had to stack hay close to livestock. Did not see hay baler until he was much older. Early hay balers run by horse-power. Discusses horse-powered baler, raking hay, baling hay. Describes wrapping hay with rope & dragging it to the baler. Later developed hay forks & made windrows of hay. One man to feed baler & 2 men to wire bales. Never used self-powered baler or combine.