Black and white photograph showing well water being pumped into an irrigation canal by a John Deere tractor hooked up to a well pump using a belt drive system. The tractor is hooked up to a secondary fuel tank so it can run longer without needing more fuel.
Photograph, 4" x 5"
Agriculture; Rice; Farmers; Farming;
Rice is a crop that needs constant watering to grow. How farmers get that is through pumping water from the ground and into the fields. What is so great about this photograph is that it shows early mechanized irrigation farming with the old tractor operating the pump using a belt that is turned by a flywheel on the tractor. Also, with the invention of underground irrigation pipe, risers, and above ground pipe, the use of canals have greatly diminished so to see this in the photograph is really awesome. –Bryson Caudle
McCrory, Woodruff County. (Ark.)
Tales from the Vault - Celebrating 110 Years
Arkansas State Archives
Watering Rice Near McCrory, PHC-4034, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
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