"Yes, the little Allis Chalmers combines, the five-foot Allis and John Deeres and then they went to the Baldwin 12-footer, 10-footers, 12-footers. That left the threshing machine out, the hay stacks, straw stacks. Threshing was usually about, depending on the weather, probably a little more than a week, week and a half, maybe two week's time it took to go the whole round of the neighborhood, probably six or seven families involved. A whole neighborhood, actually, where you had your own combine and it would replace the whole neighborhood of probably six or seven families. So, they each got one and then the get-togethers were not there anymore."
     Question; "What was the biggest innovation?"
     "Well, I would say it was the tractor change, from horses to tractor. And then from the shocking wheat to the combine, where we didn't have to bundle up the shocks and thresh them. That was a big change. And then, the next thing was irrigation."

Herman Goertzen on Agricultural Innovations


Other Excerpts from Herman Goertzen's Interview:

Tractor Tires
Saving Everything
Flour Sack Clothing
Town Picnics
Dust Bowls