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Mentioned above, to go to a two-unit planter if you are row cropping more than four or five acres. The smaller Cole is a sort of unit planter, that is, two units can be put together quite isily. Old, obsolete, two-row planters originally designed for horses or smaller farm tractors also make fine tools for homesteaders with just a few acres to plant, but they are becoming scarce. Old four-row planters are now easier to find, but they are a little large for the typical homestead. However, you can modify one to a two-row model, or if you are mechanically equipped, you can take a single unit from a four-row or two-row planter and convert it to a single-row seeder. It means, on four-row models especially, converting the presswheel that presses the dirt on top of the planted seed, into a drive wheel to turn the planting plates. Older four- and six-row planters do not have a drive wheel for each unit.
The tedious, old-fashioned production of sorghum syrup is rather like an old soldier it keeps fading away but never dies. In fact, sweet sorghum may be making a comeback. Gardeners and homesteaders know it provides a. tasty substitute for store-bought sweeteners. They also think that sorghum may be a practical cash crop they can grow for a sideline income without loo much competition from big commercial farmers, since harvesting is still a process done pretty much by hand. Drew Langsner in North Carolina looked more at sorghum's possibilities to add income to his homestead. We were told that we could make up to 120 gallons of molasses per acre which could be sold direct to customers for as much as SI2 a gallon, lie says. Moreover, the plant has few insect enemies here and is not critically affected by blights. Also, not only do you get the syrup, but the seed heads and leaves can be used for livestock feed.
Corn Binder Rarely used anymore, a corn binder could still be handy on a homestead if one could be found in running order. Just as with grain, the binder cuts the stalks of corn with a small reciprocating sickle bar, then bunches and binds the stalks into bundles with an automatic tier. Binders were made for use with both horses and tractors, and some were powered by the tractor's power take-off. Corn Picker The commonly accepted colloquial name for the machine that replaced binders and the old method of harvesting corn is a corn picker. The picker strips the ear off the stalk as the machine moves down the row, husks the ear, and tosses it into a trailing wagon, leaving the stalk standing. One-row pickers are commonly available in the Corn Belt region of the United States and would suit many small homestead operations.
Homestead industries in California once made this power transfer unit to adapt their mill to pedal power. It is no longer available commercially but the technique simple enough for the tinkering miller to duplicate. A wheel secured against the rear bicycle tire transfers power to a pulley which can operate any mill whose driving
Tivities of grain processing into one large, expensive machine. It offers no practical alternative to, hand harvesting for the small-holder in the size in which it is currently produced. However, in Europe, where homesteading has always been a way of life, a reciprocating mower with a windrowing mechanism is made to fit onto two-
The first important rule in chain saw shopping is look for a nationally known brand and don't spend too much money. You can buy a good saw for under 150 for work around the homestead or farm woodlot. It should last for years if cared for properly. An 18-tnch blade should bfc fully adequate for use on the homestead or farm, so don't pay extra for blade length you can't use.
To begin with, it's important to understand the distinction between homesteading and farming. If you're talking about producing your own food and preparing for the hard times ahead, that's home-steading. It can be accomplished on a large farm, a small farm, or in town, and since many people in rural homes do not produce their own food or prepare for the future, they are not hcmesteaders. In Countryside magazine as in the countryside itself, there is a lot of overlapping. Some of our topics cover farming, some cover homesteading, and many include both, if you want to be very technical about it (which we never are in the magazine), if you raise rabbits for your own table, you're homesteading but the minute you sell a fryer, you're farming. This leads us to the fact that farming is a business. Obviously, you say . . . but it's not obvious to the dreamers. People who don't have enough business acumen to run a popcorn stand envision themselves as farmers, but it won't work. In fact,...
If you're looking for a economical homestead tractor, you might consider one of the earliest of ttte utility-type tractors, the Allis-Chalmers Model B. This machine could be the workhorse tractor of today's homestead. Don't limit yourself to mounted accessories. The B can easily pull a variety of manure spreaders, trailers, discs, drags, and planters. The power take-off will handle balers, blowers, rakes, and, best of all, the belt pulley will power feed grinders, saws, and small threshing machines, which are so handy in homestead and small farming operations. The B was introduced in 1937 as a lightweight general-purpose tractor it is precisely this age factor which makes the B a very attractive tractor for the homesteader. Because of its age, the B often sells for less than 300 at farm auctions and between 300 and 500 through tractor dealers. Can you really homestead with the old Chalmers B Absolutely I have heard of people farming up to 80 acres with one B and a few attachments. My...
You can buy good used homestead tools at very low prices at auctions. Often you can find tools there that you can't find anywhere else. I've seen a wide variety of tools and equipment sold at country auctions cyclone seeders, corn shelters, spokeshaves, nippers, blacksmith tongs, horseshoe nails, grain cradles, and wire strippers in short, enough good stuff to equip a homestead several times over. In these parts, the small family farm is a dying institution. Except for a few hardy souls and a sprinkling of crazy homesteaders like us, young folks leave the farm as soon as they can. Surveyor's stakes sprout in the fallow fields, soon to be followed by the early signs of suburban subdivisions. It's a familiar, tragic story. But it puts a lot of equipment on the market for the careful homesteader.
Patterns of ownership and control of farm resources vary around the world depending on the philosophy and activity of government, stage of economic development, type of agriculture engaged in, and practices of inheritance and tradition. Farming in the United States, Canada, and most Western countries was founded on the family-farm concept. The head of the family is the head of the farm. The farm is large enough to provide most or all of the family income but small enough to be operated largely by members of the family. In the United States the concept of the family farm was supported in government policy (homesteading, squatter's rights, etc.) that encouraged settlers to take up farming on plots of land that were family-farm sized.
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