Created By: North Dakota State University
Wishek Steel & Manufacturing is home to an innovative model of disc harrow, called the Wishek Disc. The Wishek disc was invented by Harley Bradner and collaborator, Jim Bettenhausen in 1977. The Wishek Disc, according to its patent papers, is different from other discs because it is a “disc implement in which the rotating disc blades are able to pass over obstructions, such as rocks, without damage to the disc blades.” To ensure that the discs don’t break when it hits a rock, the rotating discs are connected to the implement with springs which flex. The Wishek Disc is an example of how German-Russian farmers of the region adapted to the rocky soils of the region. In 2006, Wishek Steel & Manufacturing came under the ownership of two other North Dakota manufacturing firms, diversifying its product base.
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This point of interest is part of the tour: German Russian Country Driving Tour