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1. The Heart of the Cornbelt book cover The Heart of the Cornbelt book cover McLean County, Illinois; Books; Book covers; Farming; Farmers; Corn; Frontier & pioneer life; This cover from The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County by William D. Walters Jr. covers corn farming from Native Americans to present.

2. Corn Exhibit Photograph Corn Exhibit Photograph McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Galleries & museums; Exhibitions; A photo of the 'Just Corn: The Amaizing Story' exhibit inside the McLean County Museum of History in 1997. Panels of related photos and logos of seed companies are shown.

3. Automated Corn Planting Automated Corn Planting McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers; Tractors In 1995, a tractor attached to an automated corn planter seeds a field. Bags of Ciba seed are used.

4. Planter, Hand Planter, Hand Farming; Farmers; Appliances; Corn; Agriculture; Illinois; 1. Homemade corn planter, painted blue. No distinguishing marks. Has handle, seed hopper and hand-lever. 2. Wooden planter. Long square body, flat on one side and tapers to a blunt point on the front....

5. Marking Cornfield Marking Cornfield McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers; This drawing of a hand-held planter shows a farmer planting in evenly-marked spaces.

6. Shocked Corn Shocked Corn McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farmers; Farming Shocked corn as it appears in a farmer's field with a farmer looking on.

7. Walking Corn Walking Corn McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farmers; Farming; Walking A farmer with a hoe walks corn about 1935.

8. Hedged Cornfield about 1925 Hedged Cornfield about 1925 McLean County, Illinois; Hedges (Plants); Corn; Croplands; Barns Behind the hedging is a harvested cornfield with a utility pole and wire running through it. Two barns sit in the background.

9. Cultivating Corn with Horses Cultivating Corn with Horses McLean County, Illinois; Horses; Corn; Farmers; Farming; Croplands; A farmer cultivates a field of corn with a team of two horses.

10. Preparing corn planter Preparing corn planter McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers; Tractors Harold Smith prepares a John Deere 16 row planter in the spring of 1995.

11. Murphy Farms in winter Murphy Farms in winter McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farms; Winter During the winter months, snow covers the topsoil of cornfields with dead cornstalks, exposed here at Murphy Farms near Shirley.

12. Farmer in field pulled by horses Farmer in field pulled by horses McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Farmers; Farming; Corn; Horses; Harvesting machinery; Barns; Dwellings; A farmer, pulled by two horses, harvests a field before combines were popular. His barn and residence are in the background.

13. Washing out roots Washing out roots McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Farmers; Farming; Hoses; Corn Standing in a hole around where a cornstalk was growing, a farmer washes the roots of the plant with a hose to inspect the crop.

14. Checking corn Checking corn McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Farmers; Farming A farmer wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants checks a stalk of corn in a field.

15. Farmer's Elevator Farmer's Elevator McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Grain elevators; Fences; Farmers; Farming A farmer's elevator in Cooksville, Illinois, has siding on all sides. A fence leads to the elevator, which has a shingled roof.

16. Corn Landscape Corn Landscape McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Advertisements; Cattle; Cows; Farmers; Farming; Corn A photograph for a Funk advertisement by James Holbert, one of the main men behind Funk's success. The photo shows a large cornfield in the background and and a farmer with cattle in the foreground. Text...

17. Grain elevator Grain elevator McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Grain elevators; Fences; Farmers; Farming A farmer's elevator in Cooksville, Illinois has wooden siding on all sides. A fence leads to this elevator, which has a shingled roof.

18. Youngsters with corn Youngsters with corn McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Children Three young children sit amongst corn piled on the sidewalk, spilling out of a basket, and housed in two crates.

19. Farmers inspecting corn Farmers inspecting corn McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Farmers; Farming; Croplands Three farmers in hats wear pouches around their necks while inspecting Funk's corn.

20. William D. Walters, Jr. William D. Walters, Jr. McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Teachers; Authors William D. Walters, Jr., a professor of geography at Illinois State University, researched and wrote 'The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County,' published in 1997....
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