Turning the Plain to Grain

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When settlers first cam to the Great Salt Plains, the land was covered with grass and occasional low rolling hills. The ground was sandy and hard to farm. The settlers soon found that if the soil could be turned over, planted, and tilled properly, it would produce enough food to feed a family. However, working the soil was another story. The machinery used to work the soil in the East was built for thin, rocky …

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…One family could produce enough food to feed themselves and two other people. Today, only two percent of the population are farmers. The average farmer can produce enough food for his family plus one hundred and twenty other people; ninety-five of those here in America and twenty-five overseas. With new farm machinery, people can do work for longer periods of time with less need for preparation and servicing on machines that are easier to operate.