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John Waelti: The combine changed the sociology of farm life
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The invention and adoption of the combine greatly improved the efficiency of grain harvesting. Instead of handling each stem of grain multiple times - cutting with the grain binder, shocking, pitching each bundle onto a wagon, hauling it to the threshing machine and pitching each bundle into the machine - a single trip across the field cut the grain and separates the grain from the straw. If the straw were to be used as bedding for cattle, as in our local dairy land, another trip across the field was needed to bale the straw and haul it to the barn.

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