Agriculture

Discover the world of agricultural inventions that fueled our nation's growth and changed America. You can even climb aboard a real combine.

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Massey-Harris Model 20 Self-Propelled Combine, 1938

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Massey-Harris Model 20 Self-Propelled Combine, 1938

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Artifact

Combine

Date Made

1938

Summary

"Combines" combine the major tasks of the grain harvest: cutting and gathering the crop, then threshing and separating the kernels. The Massey-Harris Combine Model 20, introduced in 1938, culminated over 100 years of improvement in mechanical harvesters and is a "Landmark of Agricultural Engineering." Operated by just one person, it provided valuable relief to the labor shortages of World War II.

Place of Creation

Canada, Ontario, Toronto 

Object ID

75.131.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Henry L. Oldham.

Agriculture
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Massey-Harris Model 20 Self-Propelled Combine, 1938

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Oliver Chilled Cast Iron Plow, circa 1890

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Oliver Chilled Cast Iron Plow, circa 1890

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Artifact

Plow (Agricultural equipment)

Date Made

circa 1890

Summary

"Chilled" cast iron was the latest thing in plows in the 1870s, a process perfected by James A. Oliver, of South Bend, Indiana. The chilling process involved cooling the cast iron with a stream of water that hardened the metal, and let it polish like steel, allowing it to pull easily through sticky mid-western soils. This plow is in remarkable original condition.

Object ID

00.1215.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of James Oliver, Sr.

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Oliver Chilled Cast Iron Plow, circa 1890

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FMC Tomato Harvester, 1969

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Tomato harvester

Date Made

1969

Summary

This massive machine, with 10 to 12 workers on it, performed the task of picking tomatoes off the stems of each plant in the field. Picking tomatoes by hand is a back-breaking, tedious job. Tomato harvesters, first introduced in 1959, reduced the time it took harvesting crews to pick one ton of tomatoes -- from 113 hours to 61 hours.

Object ID

91.142.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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at Henry Ford Museum in Agriculture

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Microscope Used by George Washington Carver, circa 1900

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Microscope Used by George Washington Carver, circa 1900

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Microscope

Date Made

circa 1900

Summary

By 1900, cotton production had depleted Southern soils, so George Washington Carver (1864-1943) developed nutritious crops like peanuts that nurtured the soil and could be sold to make industrial products. He used this microscope in his laboratory at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Object ID

97.6.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Dr. Austin W. Curtis.

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Microscope Used by George Washington Carver, circa 1900

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New Holland TR70 Axial Flow Combine, 1975

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New Holland TR70 Axial Flow Combine, 1975

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Artifact

Combine

Date Made

1975

Object ID

87.123.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford New Holland, Inc.

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New Holland TR70 Axial Flow Combine, 1975

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Fordson Tractor, 1917, Used by Luther Burbank

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Fordson Tractor, 1917, Used by Luther Burbank

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Artifact

Tractor (Agricultural equipment)

Date Made

1917

Summary

The Fordson tractor, manufactured by Henry Ford and Son, Inc., was the first lightweight, mass-produced tractor that was affordable to the average farmer. Through this and other efforts, Henry Ford sought to relieve farmers of the burden of heavy labor. Ford gave this Fordson, the first production model, to fellow innovator Luther Burbank, creator of hundreds of new plant varieties.

Object ID

00.136.291

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

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Fordson Tractor, 1917, Used by Luther Burbank

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Agriculture

Making Farming a Little Easier

Steam traction engines such as this one mechanized 19th-century farming.  

Manure Spreader

This 1905 manure spreader made an awful job a little less so.  

Harvesting Crops

This 1975 Sperry-New Holland combine harvests, threshes, and separates grain.  

Experience the Machine

Imagine what it is like to drive a huge piece of farm equipment.