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Old-fashioned harvest: Preserving past using horses, mules


September 8, 2019

COLFAX, Wash. (AP) — Harvest time in eastern Washington usually brings out tractors, trucks and other modern machinery as farmers bring in their crops.

But on one parcel of farmland, plowing, planting and harvesting is still done the old-fashioned way with teams of draft horses and mules.

On Labor Day, a combine header pushed by a team of six Percheron draft mules fed cut grain into vintage wagons, each pulled by a pair of horses, as several acres of barley were harvested near Colfax.

The grain had been planted in April, also using teams of horses and mules.

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