John Coburg In 1799, John Coburg lived at southern Pennsylvania. He had a big farm for wheat crop. As he was getting older, he had to hand over his farming job to his sons, Ivan and Fred. John wanted to know who the better farmer is. Early spring John summoned his two sons to his study. “Ivan, you will farm on the 20 acre plot and Fred will farm the 10 acre plot,” John began. The price of land was 5 dollars per acre. “I will give Ivan 20 bushels of wheat for seed and 20 pounds of fertilizer.” One bushel of wheat was worth 1 dollar and one pound of fertilizer was worth 10 cents. “Fred will get 10 bushels of wheat for seed and 10 pounds of fertilizer. I will give each of you an ox to pull a plow, but you have to buy a plow from the blacksmith, Smitty. The oxen, incidentally, are only three years old and have never been used for farming, so they should have a good 10 years of farming ahead of them. Take good care of them, because an ox costs 40 dollars. Come back next fall and return the oxen and the
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