Machine sheds are more modern than barns or cribs. They are like huge garages for tractors and combines. Storing equipment in machine sheds prevents damage caused by weather. Machine sheds are built of metal sheets attached to a framework of wooden posts. They often house the farm shop, where equipment is repaired. Sometimes the farm office is also located within a machine shed.
A corn crib is a structure constructed of wood to store ears of corn used as livestock feed. They have many openings to allow for airflow to keep the corn dry. In order to discourage rodents from feeding on the grain, most cribs were built a few feet above ground level. Wooden cribs resemble small barns, and many are still standing. Wire cribs are more rarely seen. They are round, with pointed metal roofs.
Many barns seen today are over 100 years old. They were built of wood and meant to fulfill several purposes. Livestock, tools, and machinery were kept on the ground floor. Hay to feed the animals or straw for animal bedding was stored in the loft. While most barns are red, some were painted white. Some farms still use the barns for storage or update them to house livestock.