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The Father of Modern Agriculture My father was a farmer my grandfather was an inventor these were the words of my grandmother Lavonne Holland She was speaking proudly about my great-great grandfather the inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick 1809-1884 She also told me Not many people know who Cyrus McCormick is these days but his memory will live forever in the fields of waving grainHolland The most important thing my Grandmother said to me was In the generations around that of my great grandfathers the planting of grain was dependant only on the ability of the reapers to gather the grain by handHolland Which meant the crop size was limited to how much that was possible to cut and the failure of a small crop could have meant famine for that family However all of this was soon to change new mechanical inventions would help to change the face of farming forever This paper will only begin to emphasize a few of the major contributions of Cyrus McCormick the man who is commonly known as the father of modern agriculture Cyrus Hall McCormick was born near Lexington Virginia in 1809 One can only imagine how he spent his free time as a boy on his familys 532-acre farm known as walnut groveMcCormick He must have spent countless hours watching his father Robert McCormick tinkering with the mechanical reaping machine of his dreams Unfortunately for Robert he would never turn his dreams of a mechanical reaping machine into reality McCormick It did not take long for young Cyrus to catch the dream of his father He was determined to make an accomplishment out of his fathers failure Through his gift of genius he would turn that dream into reality and would remove the fear of famine from the world In 1831 his efforts were rewarded when he held the first demonstration of his mechanical reaper He proved he could harvest fifteen times more grain than by
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