MISSOURI — Modern farming has become so sophisticated that often times we don’t think twice about how a piece of equipment got here or what went in to building one.
Click play below to hear KMZU’s Amanda Wagner speak with Chance Limback, a local service tech.
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According to encyclopedia.com before the late eighteenth century, farmers tilled their fields with wooden moldboard plows. In order to prevent the moldboard from wearing out quickly, plowrights or blacksmiths plated it with thin iron strips. Wooden moldboard plows could not be mass-produced or repaired easily because they did not have standardized designs or parts.
In 1814 a man name Jethro Wood patented a plow with replaceable parts and his design was adopted by many farmers. Aside from the plow, a grain drill was another piece of equipment used by many during the 1860’s. This piece of equipment deposited seeds through tubes attached to a box. In the early twentieth century, gasoline tractors were being built by companies and by 1955 tractors exceeded the number of horses on farms.
Today’s farming equipment is much more advanced than it was back then. A lot of time and effort goes in to building these pieces of equipment.
“The row units usually come disassembled and off the planter. We have to put them on,” says Limback. “…usually a big 16 row planter takes around 80 hours to build.”
Maintenance of equipment is key when running a farming operation.
“A big part of maintaining your equipment is greasing it regularly,” says Limback. “…check it daily for bearings, to make sure your bearings aren’t out. Things like that go a long way, especially during planting season.”