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Farmwork

During the early years in Canada, when the settlers still relied on oxen, farming methods did not differ appreciably from those in the Old Country, although better quality ploughs and harrows had been purchased.

Prior to 1910 seeding was done by hand on most farms. The farmer walked about the field broadcasting handfuls of grain which he took out of a bag tied to his waist.

The busiest time of the year was at harvest-time. Harvesting involved cutting and gathering the crops, stoking and storing them, and eventually threshing the grain. At first most settlers harvested and threshed their crops by hand.

Rotary Self-Rake Reaper

Rotary Self-Rake Reaper