Blueberries Were First Sold as a Commercial Crop in 1916

In 1916, the first commercial crop of blueberries were sold Before Elizabeth White, people thought that blueberries couldn’t be domesticated. Elizabeth White was the daughter of a New Jersey cranberry farmer. She saw potential in adding blueberries to the family crop despite many people being skeptical. Before this, Native Americans appreciated the health benefits and […]

Highest Quality Cowhides Used for the NFL

Cows in the NFL? Wilson has been making footballs for the NFL since 1941. When Wilson and the NFL came together, Wilson opened a factory in Ohio to guarantee that the footballs would be American made, high quality footballs. The footballs are manufactured in the United States using American cow hides. The cows are selected […]

Grain Elevators Invented in 1842

Grain elevators were invented by Joseph Dart and Robert Dunbar in 1842 in Buffalo, New York. They created the grain elevators to help with the problem of unloading and storing grain that was being transported through the Erie Canal. The construction of the Erie Canal made it cheaper and faster for farmers to transport their […]

First gasoline-powered tractor was invented by John Froelich in 1892

In 1892 the first gasoline-powered tractor was invented by John Froelich The tractor was developed in a small village in Northeast Iowa.  At the time steam-powered engines were used to thresh wheat.  John was frustrated with he problems steam engines as they were heavy and bulky plus hard to maneuver.  Froelich decided he could invent […]

In 1837, John Deere developed the steel plow

Dating back to 4,000 B.C., the first plows were basically pointed sticks that were pulled through the soil. Very few improvements were made to the plow over the centuries, but in 1837 the polished steel plow became a turning point for farming. Before the steel plow, cast iron was used to till the land, which […]

Ag Facts – Each year the average american eats…

Each year the average american eats…. 19.6 pounds of apples 112 pounds of beef 14 pounds of turkey 4.85 pounds of strawberries 30 pounds of lettuce 22 pounds of tomatoes Do you think you eat more or less? Thank a farmer! Check out more ag fun facts here!

All I want for Christmas is Bacon

All I want for Christmas is Bacon Another funny video from Farmer Derek Klingenberg

Before WWII, most corn was harvested by hand.

Before WWII, most corn was harvested by hand. The first mechanical corn harvester was developed in 1930 by the Gleaner Harvester Combine Corporation. Before the Corn Harvester Harvesting corn is a lot more difficult than crops such as wheat and small grains. Since the stalks are tough, they would tend to clog up machines, this […]

Why Are Barns Painted Red?

Have you ever wondered why most barns are painted red?  Barns were not just painted red because it was the color of choice.  It was not just because red matched well with the green color of the tractor or land.  There were not a lot of color choices hundreds of years ago but the farmers chose red because it was […]

Tomato Tree Yields 32,000 Tomatoes, Breaks World Record

A tomato tree has broken a new world record. The  tree breaking the world record can be seen in Epcot’s Land Pavilion at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  The tree broke the record for the most tomatoes harvested from a single plant in one year.  The previous record listed in the Guinness World Records was […]