Corn planted in hills of three or four plants in a square grid pattern could be cultivated between the hills in both directions with a horse and scuffler to control weeds. This practice eliminated most of the labour of hand hoeing/Fields being prepared for corn were scored in a grid pattern with markers. The distance between the hills varied from one region to another but it was frequently three feet which was approximately the width of a horse. A hill of three or four kernels of corn was planted at the intersection of the marks. A hole for the seed was dug with a hoe. The seed was dropped by hand and covered. There was no machine at that time which could perform this task.