Our few corn rows this year hardly qualified as a “field,” but with all the rain we had a bountiful crop. Had to bring in a second wagon to finish the last rows. This 1950s New Idea two-row picker and 1953 Super M seem “modern” to us when we’re in the habit of hitching teams to do farm work, but they are still a seldom-seen sight in South Dakota. Hats off to the few “real” farmers who still employ these aged implements – we know there are a few out there!

This time of year we usually hear the question, “Don’t you pick corn by hand?” Answer: “Been there, done that – way too much work!” If we had a dozen people working at it, maybe. Even then it’s labor intensive, and since we don’t use any chemicals to manage weeds you’d be covered with pollen and sandburrs. There are farmers – mostly Amish – who use horse drawn pickers. We have seen that in action. Those pickers are few and far between and they’re very heavy, takes at least four horses to draw them through the field. The Amish we know pick by hand, taking a few rows every day till it’s done. Their fields aren’t large either.

At any rate, harvest is over here for 2018. Time to pull a chair up to the fireplace and “chill out” till snow flakes fly!

The Barns Museum

Horse-drawn implements
Marcus, Iowa

If you can’t get enough of vintage farm equipment, schedule a trip to The Barns, a horse-drawn farm equipment museum in Marcus, Iowa. Museum developer, owner and director, J. R. Pearson, will be happy to visit with you about the many unique and rare pieces in his four-building collection.

​J. R. Pearson: 712-229-4809 or pearson41@evertek.net

Leather Draft Harness

Spotted leather draft harness. 24″ hames, two strap birchen, snaffle bits w/check lines, bata driving lines. This harness is in great condition. $1400.00. Depending on size may have collars that could be purchased also.

Dean @ 605/390/1662 or deansime1@gmail.com


Every thing on this buggy is new except the hardware. It has new axel and wheels that are roller bearing with rubber tires. Comes with shaves that would work with draft or quarter horse. It has never been used, actually only out of the shop once for pictures.

Contact Dean Sime @ 605-390-1662 or email deansime1@gmail.com.

Pony Team Harness

Spotted bio pony team harness, three strap breeching, all stainless steel hardware and hames, 18″ hames, snaffle bits, both team and single driving lines are bata, shaft holders for using one harness and single horse. This harness will fit up to a 13 hand pony and is in excellent condition. This harness has more spots than normal, a real sharp looking harness. $1800.00. Depending on size may have collars that could be purchased also.

Contact Dean Sime @ 605-390-1662 or email deansime1@gmail.com.

Cut Under Top Buggy

This cut under top buggy is all new except for some hardware. Has roller bearing wheel with rubber tires and new axles. Has storage compartment with lid in rear. This buggy, a deep purple, has never been used. Comes with pole, evener, single trees and neck yoke. More photos available upon request.

ontact Dean Sime @ 605-390-1662 or email deansime1@gmail.com.

Waverly Draft Horse Sales

Waverly draft horse sales have been going on since the 1940s, when farmers started moving away from horses in favor of tractors.

The 4-day sale is held every spring and fall.

Visit www.waverlysales.com for sale highlights and more information.

Borntrager Horse Sales

​Dan and Ben Borntrager farm at McIntire, IA. Their community is just inside the northern Iowa border, southeast of Austin, Minnesota.

Our Amish friends breed and train some outstanding horses.  Dan and Ben, and their father, Mose, always have a barnful of horses.

Reach Dan and Ben here to ask about horses for sale:
319-415-3147 (leave a message)
3032 485 St
McIntire, IA 50455