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Here’s an unusual item that may not look like a farm implement.

Tom J Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer

August 28, 2020

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unidentified antique farm implement
WHAT AM I? By popular request, Indiana Prairie Farmer’s unofficial “What am I?” feature returns for a special appearance. Can you identify what this tool is and what it was used for? Tom J. Bechman

Tucked away in barns and haylofts all over Indiana are interesting items from days gone by. Some are so interesting that unless you lived in those times, you may not know what the item is or what it was used for.

In the past, Indiana Prairie Farmer has asked readers to identify some unusual items from the earlier days of farming. A reader thought it would be a great idea to bring this guessing game back.

The item pictured here is perfect to reintroduce this feature. It was used around a century ago to perform a valuable function with one of Indiana’s leading crops. And it was used on a very special Indiana farm. In fact, it may have been invented there, but that is only hearsay, not fact.

So, what is it? If you can name it and explain what it’s used for, you will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate. Then we will reveal its identity and share more about its history in an upcoming issue. To guess the identity and purpose, email your answer to [email protected]. Or you can mail it to: P.O. Box 247, Franklin, IN 46131.

Happy guessing! And if you like this feature, pass the word along.

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Tom J Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer

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