HARVESTING CROPS: Farming The Old Fashioned Way

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Farmers are racing to complete their harvest before the first frost.

Some farmers will be harvesting crops without a combine; instead some use equipment that is 40 and even 50-years-old.

In some parts of the state, the harvest is driven by the veteran farmers who remember what it was like to harvest crops with a one-row picker.

“I grew up in the 1940’s and this is how we did it, put the ear corn in a corn crib,” said farmer Darrell Steinberger of Newton.

“Red Rock Thresher club, we like to pick and shell corn,” said farmer Harris Vos of Pella.

A lot of the older machines still work but sometimes they need a little extra attention.

“These old pickers are not made for this heavy corn,” said farmer Bob Vanderwitt of Pella.

Sometimes the corn even spills causing extra work.  Then comes another challenge, backing a wagon up to a corn sheller to remove the corn from the cob.

Farmer Arvin Van Wyk has gotten attention for his antique harvesters.

Van Wyk has hundreds of toy tractors and farm memorabilia stuffed into a remodeled hog shed.  There are so many tractors in the shed that even he doesn’t know how many are inside.

While he works, Van Wyk enlisted his daughters to watch over what their little toy store.

“We had someone ask what was for sale, we told them nothing,” he said.

Due to this year’s unusual weather, many farmers are hitting their fields a little later than usual.