wheat soil

After the turn of the 20th century, Steele turned his camera from the grassy sod of the open range to the sod-busting plow, from the cowboy to the farmer.  Here, in a striking image from Haskell County, a Reeves tractor turns a dozen furrows at one time.

Powered by belt from a steam tractor, the separator removes the wheat from the chaff.  Note the men pitching wheat on the right, the grain wagon on the left.

Powered by belt from a steam tractor, the separator removes the wheat from the chaff.  Note the men pitching wheat on the right, the grain wagon on the left.

At one time sugar beets were widely grown in western Kansas.  Here Mexican migrant workers harvest beets in a field near Garden City.

At one time sugar beets were widely grown in western Kansas.  Here Mexican migrant workers harvest beets in a field near Garden City.

In addition to wheat, corn and grain sorghums were also common on farms in this region.  Here twins Lorene and Loring Miner are dwarfed by stalks of kaffir corn.

In addition to wheat, corn and grain sorghums were also common on farms in this region.  Here twins Lorene and Loring Miner are dwarfed by stalks of kaffir corn.