Grain Drill


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Grain Drill

An implement for planting small-grain seed. Several streams of seed are dropped down separate tubes into narrow individual furrows made by small shovels or discs just ahead of the seed tubes. The name “drill” originated from these streams of seed and an old meaning of the word, drill, which was “to trickle or dribble.” Drill sizes varied from one-horse models through the two-horse size up to four- and six-horse models that could plant about twelve feet at a time. The drill dates back in crude form to at least 1600 a.d. and was introduced into the U.S. from England around 1840.
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He decided to focus on designing a grain drill that would meet the needs of the increasingly larger farm sizes that were springing up throughout the countryside.
Perched on the forecart behind a team of Belgian workhorses, Don said he's not sure he could afford to farm without his night job as a lineman for the power company, but the passion he exudes for the spelt he is planting with his vintage Ontario grain drill makes it clear he will be planting grain for a long time.
The seeds were lightly broadcasted onto the roads to a depth of up to 1 inch, using a grain drill with the hoses tied.
The other, the one who watched me pick apples, said "No, I heard you could take a grain drill and plant grass seed by pulling the drill willy-nilly all over the field.
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* Sam Moore's column on grain drills: We had a wood box McCormick-Deering grain drill.
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