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The Mighty Wheat Bag




The wheat bag was a very handy, useful and versatile object around the farm and the homestead, gone out of fashion now since wheat is bulk-handled, but back in the years 1900 to 1950, wheat was put in 3 bushel Indian jute bags, 3 feet long and 1 foot 10 inches wide. Filled with grain, hand stitched and stacked in piles at railway stations ready to be transported south to flour mills, or ships for export. The bag size was governed by weight - the weight that a man could lift!