Part of the remarkable history behind American agriculture is the innovative and creative way farmers approached their work. The agricultural pioneers of Shelby County used what may now seem to many like crude implements and tools. Yet a closer look at some of the finer aspects of these implement designs is evidence of the strong determination farmers have always had to find a better way to plant, cultivate and harvest crops. The stories behind development and evolution of farming tools helps deepen the understanding of the magnitude of the farming advances accomplished by Shelby County farmers and their U.S. peers. Much of the information provided here for that purpose is taken from “American Agricultural Implements,” authored and self published in 1894 by R. L. Ardrey.
Plows Planters Field Markers Check-Rowers Cultivators Corn Harvesters Corn Shellers