Bill Woronuk’s stook sweep was attached to George Lazoruk’s tractor in 1943.  |  Photo courtesy of John Woronuk

War’s labour shortage prompted the stook sweep

A more efficient way was needed to pick up stooks during the Second World War — resourceful farmers figured it out

Farmers are intensely familiar with ingenuity. Their survival depends on it. Take the Second World War. It absorbed much of the manpower on which the farming industry depended. The effects were profoundly felt in northern agricultural areas, where the harvest season is compressed by the onset of early winter. Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta […] Read more