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When settlers first cam to the Great Salt Plains the land was covered with grass and occasional low rolling hills The ground was sandy and hard to farm The settlers soon found that if the soil could be turned over planted and tilled properly it would produce enough food to feed a family However working the soil was another story The machinery used to work the soil in the East was built for thin rocky soil When the machinery waas used on prairie soil it caked to the plows and slowed the crop production process Therefore many advancements were made in farm equipment which made it possible to farm the ground without losing money through inefficient ways Such people as John Deere Cyrus McCormick and Eli Whitney made it much easier and more economical to farm the land As new technology became more widespread many people were opposed to the new technology for many reasons For instance the people who raised work horses were out of jobs because steam engines were becoming more popular In the meantime towns were springin up across the Great Salt Plains as a result of increased production facilitated by the advancements in farming implements Elevators were constructed and new businesses were begun for the marketing of these cash crops The advancement of farm machinery enabling one family to produce more crops is shown throughout the changes in produciton statistics from previous years In 1787 when the country was just formed ninety percent of the population were farmers One family could produce enough food to feed themselves and two other people Today only two percent of the population are farmers The average farmer can produce enough food for his family plus one hundred and twenty other people ninety-five of those here in America and twenty-five overseas With new farm machinery people can do work for longer periods of time with less need for preparation and servicing on machines
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