Jethro Tull: The Seed Drill

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Jethro Tull: The Seed Drill

Post  AnaMartinez on Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:00 pm

Jethro Tull was an agricultural inventor that made a huge impact on the world that we live in today. He was born in 1664 in Basildon, Berkshire, England and was educated at St. John’s College and Oxford and at Gray’s Inn. During his travels around Europe, he discovered his liking towards agriculture. He invented the very family known and used, Seed Drill. Before he had invented this magnificent invention, farmers would have to simply throw the seeds randomly, so the distribution was very uneven. It was very inefficient and would sometimes not even produce good crops. Then, he invented a machine that would plant seeds in three rows at a time. This is how it would happen:

A hole for the seed would be made at a proper depth. The seed would be dropped in. The hole would be covered up. The machine, horse or cow drawn would then move to the next position and seed again.

His invention, the Seed Drill, helped increase food production and help to eliminate the growing and devastating famine all throughout Europe.

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Re: Jethro Tull: The Seed Drill

Post  Brock M. Hay on Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:00 pm


The part that interested me about this blog personally was how the seed drill would not even work sometimes. I never really knew this, and it contributes to the fact that everything is inefficient and must improve at the prototype stage. Even living things change for the better, we began as chemotrophic cells in high pH seas taking in sulfur and flouride ans evolved into the significant beings that we are today.
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