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Early 20th century wheat processing in Lorsch (Germany)

Updated: Feb 4, 2023

Wheat after threshing, July 2022. Visible are also some spelt and oats grains

In addition to medieval cultivation methods, the Lauresham Open-Air Laboratory (Germany) also explored agricultural technologies and implements from the first half of the 20th century in this past wheat year of the project.

As part of this effort, several machines were restored and tested. These included a Kramer tractor built in 1948 with 12 horsepower (water-cooled) and a threshing machine from a Southern German manufacturer from the 1920s. The following video shows the first use of the machines, where on one hand the need for repair and restoration becomes obvious, but the threshing results for the wheat have nevertheless been more than satisfactory already.


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