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Farming the old-fashioned way

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Top: Two Clay County farmers revert to the old days. John Mace, 83, rides on a 1915 John Deere Light-Running Binder Tuesday during a demonstration of a horse drawn wheat binder. Owner of the binder and John's brother, Vincent Mace, 69, walks beside the machine to help control the horses. The haflinger horses, Beth, Bell, Duke and Deck, are being trained to use the equipment. Beth was having trouble getting used to pulling the binder and was eventually removed from performing the task.

Center: Vincent Mace cruises by on his horse drawn 1915 John Deere Light-Running Binder. The machine cuts the wheat and gathers enough to make a small bundle. The bundle is wrapped with twine before being dropped to the ground.

Bottom: John Mace takes 12-15 bundles of wheat and stacks them together to make a shock. The shocks are allowed to dry and then a threshing machine is used to separate the grain from the chaff.

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