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Published August 15, 2010, 12:00 AM

Backyard threshing

Matt Folstad had an idea: Rather than mow his 2 acres of yard every summer, why not plow it up and plant wheat on it?

By: David Samson, INFORUM

Matt Folstad had an idea: Rather than mow his 2 acres of yard every summer, why not plow it up and plant wheat on it?

That was the start of his backyard threshing bee.

Folstad, 38, works as a truck mechanic at OK Tire and loves to tinker with tractors in his free time on his farm located west of West Fargo.

Growing up with tractors all his life, Folstad got the bug at an early age helping out on his grandparents’ farm.

He purchased a vintage Keck-Gonnerman threshing machine in Rosholt, S.D., with the notion of someday using it with his antique tractors.

He also restored a 1923 Minneapolis 17-30 tractor and was ready to give it a test outing.

“I really don’t like to parade them; I like to see them work,” said Folstad.

With all the pieces in place, Folstad was ready for his harvest adventure earlier this month.

“I recruited some friends and neighbors like Roger Barenthsen, Dean Kraft and others to help me out,” he said. “It was a hot and humid day, but it worked out pretty well, I couldn’t imagine how much work it would be to do 200 acres.”

A backyard crop suits him just fine.


Readers can reach Forum photographer Dave Samson at (701) 241-5516

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