The Haystack Takes a New Look As Modern Machines Replace Muscles


| September/October 1973

  • Wielding Pitchforks
    Haystacks and wagonloads of loose hay were common sights on farms of the past. Haying in those days meant long hot hours in the sun wielding pitchforks for big farm families. And the harvest was measured by the size of the haystack.
  • Automatic Bale Wagons
    Modern hay handling equipment like automatic bale wagons have turned a major, time consuming task on the farm into a one-man operation. With one of these machines, a farmer can bring hay in from the field without touching a bale.
  • 1919 D John Deere
    Courtesy of Alan Jamieson, Route 1, Port Dover, Ontario, Canada
    Alan Jamieson
  • Gas Engine

    Don Selmer
  • Gas Engine
    Courtesy of Don Selmer, 811 Gary Street, Madison, Wisc. 53716
    Don Selmer
  • Allis-Chalmers
    My Allis-Chalmers U Tractor. It has an Allis overhead engine, year 1935, serial No. U-25-7 and was shown at the 1972 Tri-State Gas Engine and Antique Tractor Association Show. Courtesy of Jim Taylor, Jr., Route 5, Box 118, Greenville, Ohio 45331 GA-
    Jim Taylor
  • Oil Pull
    Courtesy of Thomas M. Jensen, 559 Sheldon Rd., Palmyra, N. Y. 14522
    Thomas M. Jensen
  • 1950 Crossley
    Courtesy of Frank Sherring, Box 301, Carbon, Alberta GA-73
    Frank Sherring

  • Wielding Pitchforks
  • Automatic Bale Wagons
  • 1919 D John Deere
  • Gas Engine
  • Gas Engine
  • Allis-Chalmers
  • Oil Pull
  • 1950 Crossley

There was a time when hay wagons and haystacks were common sights on the New American countryside. Hot August days meant haymaking from dawn to dusk and long cool drinks from canning jars.

In those days horse power was supplied by real horses and a hay wagon was a haystack on wheels. It used to take a crew of men and a team of horses to build a haystack on the flat bed of a farm wagon. One man rode the back of the stack, guided the horses and piled the hay. Many a young farmer took a spill with a slipping haystack on a hilly field before he got the knack of stack building.

Today it might be easier to find 2 needle in a haystack than find a haystack itself. Technology has passed by haystacks and pitchforks. Modern farmers tie hay into bales and carry it from the fields neatly stacked aboard automated wagons.

Automatic bale wagons like those produced by the New Holland, the farm machine division of Sperry Rand Corporation, have replaced the old team and wagon in haying operations. With the use of one of these machines a farmer can bring his crop yield in from the field without touching a bale of hay. What is more important, machines like these have turned a major, time consuming task on the farm into a one-man operation. A single farmer can pluck bales from a field, drive to an unloading area and unload all the bales one at a time or as a complete stack.



Automatic bale wagons have replaced hay wagons, balers replaced pitchforks and thermos bottles replaced canning jars. Old style back-breaking haymaking is little more than a memory on the American farm scene.

Courtesy of Jacob W. Wittmer, Employee Communications and Community Relations Manager Sperry New Holland, New Holland, Pennsylvania 17557



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