The Harrow

Chapter 5 Section 2

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The harrow was a steel tool that helped prepare the soil for seeding. It does this by breaking up all of the clods of dirt left by the plow. This invention made a smoother and better seed bed, which helped to lead to higher crop yields. This invention helped the people of the west because it allowed families to have a surplus of food in the winter and it made it easier to farm the ground.
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This is a picture of a horse drawn harrow. By allowing the horses to do the pulling, the farmer could cultivate the ground more efficiently.

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This is a picture of a modern harrow. It uses compressed air and tighter rows of teeth to break up the dirt into an even finer soil bed.