They didn't like it, but they were really good at it!
Some brands were a lot easier to move then others. There are still guys out there using that same 7x40 auger to move grain today.You gotta remember those old augers were heavy you get a 7" x 40' with a 16 hp engine on there they weren't fun to move. that was a big auger in 1979.
Old barn brings back memories, more friggen wires to hold it together. I put grain on the ground after that, not near as much work.Yes, my Dad had one steel scoop shovel around in the 70s and probably into the 80s. I didn't use it much as there were aluminum ones around. I shoveled a lot of wheat in old wooden granaries, and out of an old barn converted to grain storage. Eventually, gradually, got steel bins. First steel bin was in 1978.
I guess it depends on how you valuate the price. On paper it hasn't changed. But in terms of what that price represents, there's no comparison. $9 in 1780 is a lot of money today. $8 in 1880 is maybe nearly $200 in today's money.Price of grain - The price of grain hasn't changed all that much ($ per bushel) for over 200 years. It;s the efficiency to produce it that has changed. In the 1780's, a bushel of rye was something like $9 and wheat IIRC was $6ish. BUT, it would take a farmer as much or MORE effort to produce a couple bushels as a farmer today to produce 100,000 bushels.
True but here is more to it that what that bushel of grain will buy. It's also about what it took to produce that bushel compared to what it will buy. In the 1780's a farmer worked all summer doing back breaking manual labour to farm a couple acres at most. Even at $200 a bushel I doubt you could find many takers that would farm they way they did then and certainly couldn't make what we consider a living on it. BTW, in the 1780 example, IIRC, the average annual earnings of a rifle maker was something like $28I guess it depends on how you valuate the price. On paper it hasn't changed. But in terms of what that price represents, there's no comparison. $9 in 1780 is a lot of money today. $8 in 1880 is maybe nearly $200 in today's money.