1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
First 8-Row Corn PlanterIn the mid-1950's, Earl Schwarm, who fanned near Loogootee, Ill., got tired of waiting for a machinery company to come up with an 8-row corn planter so he went ahead and built his own. It worked so well, he used it right into the mid-60's.
To build it Schwarm attached four 2-row Deere planters to the front of a front-mounted "pusher" toolbar. To lift the planters, he built a "bridge" over them and used pulleys and cables to raise them up. One control raised them all at once. One observer said, "When he got to the end of a field, an awful lot happened but it all worked fine."
Click here to download page story appeared in.
Click here to read entire issue
To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.