AT state and county fairs years ago, the crowning events for U.S. farmers were such contests as corn picking and husking and a tug of war between horses. A fast-working champion could harvest corn at the rate of 100 bu. a day. But today's farmer has little interest in such events; with a mechanical corn picker, he thinks nothing of picking and husking 1,500 bu of corn a day. For machine-age farmers a big event at fairs is the tractor rodeo," in which farmers compete at starting tractors attaching implements, plowing the straightest, fastest...

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