(Atlantic) - Preparation is already underway at the Cass County Fairgrounds for the threshing demonstration Sunday July 28, at 10:00 a.m.
This morning Keith Harlan and Dave Sorenson were operating a ground driven grain binder that was built back in the 1930’s.
“It was originally built for pulling horses and we are pulling it with a tractor here, but it’s getting its power from that big bull gear that runs on the ground,” announces Harlan. “Right now, it’s taking about a six-foot cut.”
Harlan says the oat stems are conveyed into the upper part of the machine where it ties it into bundles. There is a basket on the end that gathers about six bundles together and then they are dropped off.
“Then they’ll come along here. I think Alan is trying to get some young guys lined up here this evening to shock this. They’ll go through here and stand up six to eight of these upright in a shock and let them dry here ten days to a couple weeks before they thrash. This drying process is to dry out the green stuff that is still in the bundles,” states Harlan.
The bundles will be hauled to a threshing machine on July 28 at around 10:00 a.m. and the oats will be separated from the chaff. Alan Zellmer, a member of the grounds committee is inviting people to bring their restored equipment to the fairgrounds just before 10:00 a.m.
“We want people to bring in their restored equipment that they have stuffed back in their sheds,” proclaims Zellmer. “We’re not going to really have a show for ribbons, we are going to show the pieces of equipment and tell what it does because I have never seen one of these run. I’ve seen parts and pieces laying in the ditch, but never knew how it worked or what it does.”
Zellmer says the idea is to have people come to the fairgrounds and watch and talk about how things were done years and years ago.
“Generally, they come and talk about how they did it or just tell some old stories,” mentions Zellmer. “This just kinds of shows how far we have come along over the years.”
Zellmer says the grain will be sold to horse owners and the money collected from this will be used for a Cass County Fair project to be decided at a later date. For more information on this event contact the Cass County Extension Office at 243-1132. And for those interested you are invited out to the fairgrounds this afternoon to watch this 19030’s grain binder in action.
July 17, 2013