SEGMENT: CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT, CHANGES IN FARM BUSINESS, & GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
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- CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT
- Threshing in 1940's, then pull combines. In 1960's self-propelled combine. On early self-propelled combine you stood outside on platform in cold & dust. Then combines with cabs and heaters. Then larger tractors with cab. Made farming easier & didn't need as much help. Changed from ear corn crib to dryer & shell storage system. Some beans sold & some stored.
- CHANGES IN FARM BUSINESS
- Better equipment meant work was easier & more comfortable & needed less help. Son runs 1000 acres without help.
- GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
- Did President Nixon's & Secretary of State Kissinger's encouragement to plant more land have an effect? Much land used for dairy & livestock, so government's encouragement did not have too much of an impact. Raised less small grain, but more corn & beans. But did "crop the land more."
- Children moved out but did not go out a lot more. Still active in church & school activities. Played cards & went to dances. Did not have Senior Citizen programs like they do now. Vacation in Florida now.