Harvesting tools

Farmers have to plant seeds by hand if they do not have seed drills powered by horses or tractors. There are corn planters in our colelctions and a canvas seed spreader.

Before threshing machines became common in Ontario in the late nineteenth century, farmers had to thresh by hand using wooden flails. They placed the sheaves of grain on  a solid  threshing floor and beat them with a flail. The grain fell out on  to the floor,  and the farmers were able to fork away the straw. They then had to winnow the grain to get rid of the chaff, dust and any weed seeds.