By: Kaleb Brouwer
Farming has been around for a long time and a lot of things have changed in the agricultural business. I have lived on a farm my whole life and farming is all I ever want to do. People used to use horses and other animals to plow their fields, yet now we use big tractors. One day I invited a few friends over to help work in the fields with me. We had all kinds of big tractors, plows, and stuff to work up the fields with, but we decided to do something else.
We found an old plow from the early 1700s that they used to hook behind horses, and we were going to use it. Then we rented a few horses and went out to the field. We wanted to know what it was like when they used to have to farm this way. We were out in the same field for 9 days plowing up ground. We decided that it was hard work but we were going to do everything like they used to, so next it was time to put the seed in the ground. We rented an old planter and hooked up the horses to that to. We were in the field for 11 more days planting the corn.
We waited all summer and before we knew it, it was fall. It was time to take the corn out of the fields… not with a combine and semis though. We were going to pick the corn by hand and put it in baskets. We were only doing a few acres so that was good, but it seemed like a lot more when we picked it by hand. An acre of land used to sell for about 125 dollars and now one acre sells for $6,000 to $9,000 it just depends on where it is at and what kind of soil it is. So we grabbed our baskets and we were ready to start picking.
We picked for about three weeks and all the corn was finally picked but we still had all the stalks in the field. If we would've used the combine it would’ve taken care of it all at once but now it was time to cut all the stocks and put them in bundles. We cut all the stocks off and tied them together in giant bundles with string. We hauled all the bundles to the shed and used it for bedding for the cows, and other animals in the winter. We could of done it with all big tractors, combines, and big machinery but we did it the old way. Farming has evolved a lot over the years and people still keep making it a bigger industry by creating new and improved equipment.
Ms.Backstrom's class has been working on creative writing pieces based around 'big question' research. Take a look at what they've come up with!