Corn planter used locally many years ago is on display at Frontier Village

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By JERRY FERGUSON

Harvesting a crop being the seasonal end point of farming, seed must be properly placed as a beginning. The Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association (WMAT&MA) has several planters as well as harvesting machinery. For the most part these planters planted the seed in hills. A standard of the day was the “check row”. By it the rows were intended to be planted straight, and the hills were also straight at a right angle to the planting direction. Thus cultivating could be done two directions.

The WMAT&MA planters did very well in their time. One in the museum planted the corn on the Fay Jenkins farm. It came there as a horse planter and performed in that way for many years. As tractors became available, it was converted to tractor power. Operation in the original mode was powered by two horses, and the process of planting straight rows was well learned.

Comments and responses are welcome on these articles on displays at the WMAT&MA’s Frontier Village.

To read the full story, see the January 30 issue of The Adrian Journal.