Story: Arable farming

Harvesting wheat

In 1950 this header harvester was state-of-the-art technology in New Zealand. However, harvesting and bagging wheat was a three-person task, followed by collecting bags and transporting them to storage. Later, larger harvesters and a bulk handling system allowed two workers to do the same job and faster.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Canterbury is a Hundred. National Film Unit, 1950

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Sue Zydenbos, 'Arable farming - Harvesting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Sue Zydenbos, published 24 Nov 2008