chapter 11

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  • Midwest farmers lived initially in soddies (houses made out of sod: a mixture of dirt, mud and grass roots). Around the middle part of the 1800s, most farmers in the Midwest lived in single room log cabins. Injuries were very common while farmingwith these tools
  • Hi my name is Patrick and I am a wheat farmer from Ireland.
  • My name is Sven 2.0 and I am a wheat farmer in the small town called Afton. The year is 1894
  • The great variation of soil is determined mainly by the rockfrom which it is derived. 
  • My job is to harvest the crops and to plant more crops when the ones are already used.
  • My job is to help my father hatves the wheat so we can sell it and to turn it into flour.
  • After [corn] harvesting was over [in the autumn], we plowed for next year's wheat crop, and when the ground was ready for sowing we hauled all the manure from the barn yard and the hog pen, usually a good supply and scattered it over the poorest part of the field....
  • I work 10 hours a day so I can get a lot done in a single day.
  • I help my father bring in all of the wheat and bring it to the grinder.
  • During the winter we "trod" out the wheat....we had a "treading floo" in the barn about 40 feet square.
  • I have to bring out the John Deer tractor and start to harvest the small parts of the fields.
  • At night I take it to the barn where they grind it and turn it into flour.
  • When the wheat was all "trod," or when the floor became full, we cleaned it.
  • I use a John Deer tractor so I can harvest the crops easier and a lot faster 
  • When my father is on the tractor I follow him and grab all the crops he missed.
  • When all the plants are harvested for the year I get 3 months off so I go work at a lumber mill 3 months a year.
  • During the winter I get 3 months off so I decided to go to school and learn some new farming tricks.
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