Dalrymple, a doughty Scot
living in North Dakota put it all together in one great farm. In 1876, he
secured 30,000 acres in the Red River Valley and planted it all in wheat.
It was the largest wheat field ever seen by man in the entire world. The
soil was turned with 150 gang plows, sown with 70 drills and reaped with
150 McCormick self-binding reapers. Twelve threshing machines filled two
freight trains a day with enough wheat in each train to give two thousand
people enough bread for a year.