Farmers produce many of the delicious fruits and vegetables that you eat. They work tirelessly day in and day out to harvest, prepare and maintain these foods for eating, and depend on a number of different pieces of agricultural equipment to get the job done.
While most people think of farmers using the basic agricultural equipment – the tractors and the harvesters, farmers actually use far more pieces of equipment than this, all of which are equally important in order to provide a great production of crops.
Let’s have a look at some of the more unusual pieces you will find used by some UK farmers past and present.
The Unusual Agricultural Equipment
One usual piece of agricultural equipment is the Allen Scythe. This piece of equipment was made from 1935 until 1973 and creates a two to three-foot wide indenture in the ground. It works by sliding a tooth blade back and forth. This produces a scissor action. This machine was used by an operator who pushed behind the machine. The Allen Scythe was also known as the petrol-finger bar mower and is considered a very dangerous piece of equipment. Because of this it was rarely used.
The Drag Harrow is another unusual piece of equipment used in farming. This piece of equipment is used to loosen soft dirt once it has been ploughed. It picks up rocks and other items off of the ground and deposits them into a stone box for easy removal. Most people prefer to use the Disc Harrow instead of the Drag Harrow because it is much simpler. These pieces are often used by small farmers because they are affordable and still beneficial to them.
The Rumley Oil Pull is a rare item that was once used in farming, though it is more of an antique, collectible item these days. The Oil Pull was designed from 1910 to 1930, using kerosene engines and designed to carry loads of all sizes. This large tractor was very popular in its time, and if you happen to have one today you can be certain that it is worth plenty of pounds if you can find a willing buyer.
The Flair is another piece of equipment worthy of your interest. This piece is used in harvesting grains and crops and separates them from the husk. These tools were usually made of two sticks that are connected together with a short chain. The Flair is not a rare piece of equipment, though it is one that is rarely used today as more modern ways to handle this task have been developed. Of course there are some states that are required to use the flairs in the harvesting of their crop, with emphasis on Minnesota and their wild rice crops.
Take Interest in the Equipment Pieces
Farming and agriculture are pretty interesting topics if you ever sat down and listen to discover all that you can find out. This includes the various pieces of agricultural equipment that makes the farm are what they are today. As you can see, there are tons of different items that are used to produce those yummy foods you eat.
Louisa Jenkins is a keen freelance blogger. She blogs on all sorts of different topics and here she combines her interest in history and farming to discuss unusual agricultural equipment used by some farmers in the UK.