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It's harvest time for draft horse farmers

Monday, October 22, 2001

Even as combines rumble in cornfields, one field in Le Mars will be harvested the old-fashioned way, by hand. The draft horse farming group, individuals interested in demonstrating and preserving old farming methods, plan to harvest their eight-acre field of corn this Friday, Oct. 26, weather permitting. Horse-powered equipment will be used to unload the corn from wagons. The field, along Prospect Street Southwest at the corner of Sixth Avenue Southwest, was prepared, planted and cultivated with horse-drawn equipment, under the direction of Dr. John Conley and Dean Davison. "Everyone is invited to come and watch," said Conley. Their activities through the spring and summer have drawn spectators young and old, as well as many retired farmers who worked with draft horses and who offered information about the techniques used. It would take one person about eight days to pick a field of this size, Conley said. "Hopefully if we have 8 to 10 people picking, we can get it done in one day," he continued. Several persons have already been contacted about handpicking the corn. "We want this to be a safe place," he said. Those with experience and interested in helping should contact Conley at 546-8125. Earlier this summer, the group shocked and threshed oats in fields east of Le Mars. Members of the Pioneer Machinery Club joined in the threshing bee, which used the threshing machine donated to the Plymouth County Fair Board.

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