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Bagging Peanuts

I actually worked on a threshing crew (peanuts). Peanuts was the last of the harvest procedures to mechanize and peanut “Pickers” (stationary threshing machine) were common through the 1950’s and early 60’s. Didn’t take much power since I recall that ours was driven by a Super A Farmall (113 cid). My first job was catching the nuts in a tub at the base of the picker and dumping them on the truck. At other times it was my job to “drag up stacks”. We would plow up the peanuts and stack them in stacks having a poll in the center with a board cross at the base. We had a set of forks mounted on the lift of Ford tractor that we used to pick up the stacks and move them to the threshing location (called dragging up stacks from the time it was done with a team of mules). Since the wind changes frequently in south Georgia we might have to move the set up daily or more often to keep the dust blowing away from operators. Forget having someone stand on top of the machine as the dust would be too much. The first combines for peanuts required a bagger which became my job as soon as I was large enough to mussel the 150 pound bags. I learned to breath air that was solid dust. If the wind blew across the rows one direction was a pleasure and the other was pure. .. well you know. I think I still have Georgia mud in my lungs from those days bagging peanuts. If the yield was above 3000 pounds per acre the bagger was working constantly and there was no break. We bagged peanuts up to the mid 1960's. I was glad that dump baskets took over after that.P

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