Jewell County Threshing Bee-John Deere
July 15, 2021
Deere was widely credited with inventing the steel plow, a design which revolutionized American farming in the 19th century. The plow solved the problem presented by wooden or cast-iron mold boards and cast or wrought iron plow shares.
Early plows were unsuitable for use on the thick sticky soil of the Midwest. After the plow initially broke the soil, the soil would cling to the plow. This required the farmer to stop every few feet to clean the soil from the plow blade.
Deere was born in 1804 in Rutland, Vermont. His father was lost at sea when Deere was four years of age. He was raised b...