Pulled by a horse and not a steer,
The steel plow* was invented
By blacksmith John Deere.
*Later called “The Plough That Broke the Plains”, Deere was, it’s said, inspired by the steel tines of a pitchfork. His brainchild was converting a steel-bladed saw into the share or cutting part of the plow. Today, of course, his name is synonymous with the green farm products made by the company he founded: tractors, trucks, combines, and mowers, just to name a few. As a sidebar, my son-in-law, Nate, who grew up on a farm in Alexis, Illinois, is one of a myriad of admirers of the Deere brand.
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