Jethro Tull's seed drill, 1701.

Image number: 10301394

Jethro Tull's seed drill, 1701.

Model (scale 1:4). Jethro Tull's seed drill represented a major step towards the mechanisation of soil cultivation. The machine would be drawn by a horse and sowed three regularly spaced rows of wheat grains. This regular spacing, as opposed to broadcast sowing of seeds, made possible the introduction, also by Tull, of a horse-drawn hoe to remove weeds growing amongst the crop.

Image number:
10301394
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
28 October 2003 11:34
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Science Museum