New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Archival Anecdotes: Agricultural Roots


September 20, 2021

In the early days of Eddy County, large scale wheat production relied on horse-powered threshing operations. Photo taken at the Horton Starke Farm, 1887-1908.

A century ago, agriculture was a whole different business. Sure farmers had to contend with soil conditions and weather patterns, but the process of getting grain from field to market was markedly different. Wheat was the preferred crop and threshing was the required technology.

The homesteaders of the region were lucky to have access to threshing technology. At that time, most threshing was d...

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