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Hume-Love Cutterbar and Reel

Location: Rosalia, WA, USA
Date: 1930Creator(s): Hume, Horace D.

Near This Location In The 1930's James E. Love And Horace D. Hume Of Garfield, Washington, Invented The Flexible Floating Cutterbar And The Tined Pickup Reel To Harvest Low-Growing, Fragile Crops. These Devices Were Developed For The Local Crops Of Dry Peas And Lentils And Were Then Adopted Nationwide To Soybeans And Other Low-Growing Crops That Tangle And Lodge. These Mechanisms Reduced Dry Pea Harvesting Costs By 28% And Crop Loss From 50 To 10%. These Inventions Were Reported To Save The Equivalent Of 2,750,000 Acres Of Soybeans Annually. Dedicated By The American Society Of Agricultural Engineers June 1993

Era: 1930s
Innovation designated by:
Hume-Love Cutterbar and Reel
Horn School Rest Area
Rosalia, WA, USA

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