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ASAE Historic Landmarks of Agricultural Engineering Historical Markers

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASAE / ASABE) recognizes historic developments in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The American Society of Agricultural Engineering changed its name in 2005 to American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
 
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1 California, Los Angeles County, Glendora — Rain Bird Impact Drive Sprinkler HeadHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
The Rain Bird horizontal action impact drive sprinkler head was invented in 1933 by Orton Englehardt, a citrus grower and native of Glendora. The design offered slow rotation and uniform watering, benefits long sought by local irrigators. . . . Map (db m146402) HM
2 Colorado, Larimer County, Fort Collins — The Parshall Measuring FlumeHistorical Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
Since the beginning of irrigated agriculture, it has been important to measure of the flows of irrigation water. Accuracy of early water measurement methods often suffered because of trash or sediment in the water, or unusual flow conditions. . . . Map (db m175805) HM
3 Georgia, Chatham County, Savannah, Historic District - North — The Invention of the Cotton GinHistorical Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
This creative development which was responsible for the survival of the cotton industry in the United States occurred on General Nathaniel Greene's plantation near Savannah, 10 miles northeast of this marker. Separation by hand labor of the lint . . . Map (db m13521) HM
4 Illinois, Shelby County, Shelbyville — First Commercial Pick-up BalerHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
In the Shelbyville area during the Spring of 1929, Raymore McDonald designed and developed the first commercial pick-up baler as conceived and financed by Horace Tallman and his sons, Leslie R. and Gentry L. These balers were marketed for many . . . Map (db m10992) HM
5 Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Meinrad RumelyHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering — Rumely OilPull Tractor —
Meinrad Rumely Meinrad Rumely was the founder and guiding spirit of the Rumely Companies for more than 50 years. He came to America from Germany in 1848, and in 1853 on this site opened a blacksmith shop that was to grow into a large . . . Map (db m43463) HM
6 Indiana, Tippecanoe County, West Lafayette — Universal Soil Loss EquationHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering — A=RKLSCP —
The Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) was developed at the USDA National Runoff and Soil Loss Data Center at Purdue University in a national effort led by Walter H. Wischmeier and Dwight D. Smith. The USLE was published in 1965 in . . . Map (db m195101) HM
7 Iowa, Sioux County, Rock Valley — Rubber Tires on TractorsA Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
Early tractors were massive and expensive. Their steel lug wheels gave poor traction and a rough ride. Lugs were prohibited on many roads. 1926 Hoyle Pounds modified a Fordson tractor with zero pressure truck tires on special rims to improve . . . Map (db m234252) HM
8 Nebraska, Kearney County, Minden — Center Pivot IrrigatorHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
Frank Zybach, farming near Strasburg, Colorado, patented a "Self-Propelled Sprinkling Irrigating Apparatus” on July 22, 1952. Mobile towers carried a pipeline in a circle around a pivot. Sprinklers on the pipeline distributed the water. In 1954, . . . Map (db m147176) HM
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9 New Jersey, Middlesex County, New Brunswick — Air-Inflated Double-Layer Polyethylene GreenhouseHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
A crucial step in the evolution of modern plant agriculture was the development of low-cost, energy-efficient greenhouse structures that provide optimum growing conditions year-round. In 1964, Professor William J. Roberts developed . . . Map (db m195092) HM
10 Oklahoma, Texas County, Hooker — Graham–Hoeme Chisel PlowHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
Preventing wind erosion was the primary objective of Feed Hoeme, a Hooker, Oklahoma farmer, when he developed a heavy-duty chisel plow in 1933. Hoeme and his sons manufactured and sold about 2000 plows from their farmstead. In 1938, W.T. Graham . . . Map (db m55270) HM
11 Virginia, Augusta County, Raphine — Walnut GroveHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
Where Cyrus Hall McCormick invented and in 1831 demonstrated the first successful reaper to introduce the era of farm mechanization is designated an Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering by American Society of Agricultural Engineers.Map (db m172943) HM
 
 
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Feb. 27, 2024