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David Fife tryed to grow a strong strain of wheat that would grow well in canada. Their cow got into the wheat and almost ate it but Davids wife saved the wheat. The wheat grew and they named it Red Fife. Soon many farmers were growing it.
Charles Saunders crossed Red fife and Hard red calcutta from India. He called this new wheat Marquis wheat. It only took 100 days to ripen. Marquis wheat was named the discovery of the century.
By the 1890s the steam engine made life at a farm alot easier. New tractors, threshing machines, and binders were used with steam power. The massey toronto binder was one of the most famous, it cut the grain, formed it into a bundle and tied it with twine. These machines were not very expensive.
Most farmers hired the threshing equipment and a gang of harvesters. The gang of harvesters went from farm to the next just threshing grain.The chilled steel plough was another great invention. It cut through the hard prairie sod that the sun baked all day.
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