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Title: Corn Picking Long Ago


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Corn Picking Long Ago
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Today corn is picked by a machine called a
combine. This machine does it all.
It cuts the corn stalks, picks the ears of corn,
husks the ears, and removes the corn from the
cob.
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Long ago, bringing in the corn harvest was very
different.
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When this photo was taken only a few people used
complicated farm machinery.
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Most farmers picked their corn by hand and threw
the ears into a horse drawn wagon.
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As you look at this picture of tall Kansas corn
think about these questions
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  • Which way would you like to pick a field of
    corn?

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  • Which way would take more work?

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  • Which way would take longer?

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Farmers had to remove the husks from the ears of
corn after they finished picking it. There is a
tall tale about husking corn in Kansas
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When the men in Kansas are husking, they place
step ladders near the corn stalk. Two men climb
up, cut off the ears with a crosscut saw, and let
the ears fall to the ground. Four horses are
then hitched to each ear to drag it away.
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James LeDuke first picked corn when he was
sixteen. He would probably say that corn was
never husked like the tall tale says. In the
following pictures he shows us how corn was
really husked!
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Each farmer had a husking peg. This tool was
made of metal or wood. The leather strap on the
husking peg held it on the farmers hand.
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The farmer had to husk his corn after it was all
picked.
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The husking peg slid down the length of the ear
of corn. It split the husk as it slid
along. This made the husk easier to pull away
from the ear.
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The process is a quick one. In fact, Mr.
LeDuke said he had never husked corn so slowly in
his whole life as when these pictures were taken.
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He said he could husk 100 bushels of corn a day.
It takes about 25 to 30 acres of farm land to
grow 100 bushels of corn!
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This is one kind of husking peg. Look at the one
in the Farm Family in Kansas trunk. Does it look
different? Try using it.
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  • Do you think the husking peg would help you
    husk corn faster than you could with just your
    hand?
  • Would it make the job easier?
  • Do you think practice would make a husking peg
    easier to use?
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