OverviewIn the past, farming was a very manual and extremely labour-intensive job. Over the last two hundred years, the development of new farming equipment reduced the amount of manual labour it takes to grow a crop.
Advances in farming equipment have made a big impact on the farming industry, making it much less labour-intensive.
When people first began working the fields, they used their own power and strength to work the soil. For thousands of years, farm work was done by hand. Then farmers started to use animals, such as oxen and horses to help. Farming changed, even more, when the equipment was developed. The goal was always to make growing food easier for farmers.
Photo Credit: Western Development Museum
This man is holding onto a plow as it is pulled by a horse to break the prairie soil.
When settlers moved to Saskatchewan, they used animals to help pull farm equipment.