Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Amish Harvest Corn with Horses

Today, across the road from the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, the Amish neighbors harvested corn with a corn picker pulled by horses.  The corn picker was run by a diesel engine, which was quite loud.  Most Amish use a Wisconsin diesel motor for such applications.  Look back to my previous post where I posted an article about how the Amish harvest their corn.

Amish harvesting corn with corn picker and horses
 The young man harvested the corn in a matter of about 2 hours.  Another young man came with a tractor to pull the full wagon loads back to their barn.  It is interesting that this particular sect may use a tractor to pull a wagon of corn from place to place; however, may not use the tractor in the field for the actual harvesting of crops.

In last week's post, I mentioned how some Amish families remove ears of corn by hand from the stalk.  Here is a photo of an antique corn husking instrument used for that purpose.  These hand tools vary in design.  This has a piece of iron, brought to a point and was hand-fashioned with leather strapping.  I have seen a variety of different types of these tools.

Antique Corn Picking Tool
Plan a trip to Holmes County, Ohio, where life and it's activities are heartfelt, experiences are authentic, and products are handmade.

Experience a stay at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, where resident innkeepers provide warm hospitality and share a morning briefing about the area.  We provide a lovely full country breakfast each morning, including Sunday mornings.

Recently an antique car club rented the entire barn for several days.  It was fun to have these marvelous old automobiles at our inn for a few days.

Antique car at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
November 11, 2014

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