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The Steel Plow

Who invented the steel plow? John Deere invented the steel plow.

What was it used for? It was used for farming to break up tough soil without soil getting stuck to it.

When was it invented or first used? John Deere invented the steel plow in 1837 when the Middle-West was being settled. The soil was different than that of the East and wood plows kept breaking.
Where was it created or discovered ? He invented it in Grand Detour, Illinois where he had settled.

Why was it invented? Wood plows couldn't plow the rich soil of the Middle-West without breaking. John Deere thought about it and was convinced that only a plow with mould board, made of good steel that isn't rusted would solve this problem.

How was it invented or discovered? He made his first plow out of an old blade saw. He then did tests on different types of soil.

John Deere was born in Vermont in 1804. In 1825 he started his career as a blacksmith. He moved west in the 1830's when times got tough.

    Many problems prevented the making of the steel plows. Steel was hard to find. In the beginning steel had to come from Great Britain. Ten years after the first plow was made, Deere's company was making 1000 plows a year.

The steel plow was the first step to making farm equipment that we know today. A single plow shank led to making a plow with more and more shanks to cover more ground. Americans were able to plant enough crops to take care of our growing nation.

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