|Shocked Corn in Holmes County|
Sometime in February or March, they load the shocks onto a wagon, take it to the barn, and run it through equipment similar to a threshing machine. This process separates the ears of corn from the stalk and shreds the stalk for bedding. This bedding is called fodder. Corn fodder is a preferred bedding for animals.
Another way corn is harvested, is as demonstrated by the stricter Amish, who husk it by hand in the fields. They draw a team of horses and a wagon into the field. Often a family of six or seven persons take one row per person, pull off the ears and throw them into the wagon. They have a special tool in one hand. The tool has a leather strap and a piece of metal that enables them to easily strip the ear of corn. They typically allow the stalks to fall to the ground, then later crush it down with a piece of equipment so that it can easily be plowed under in the spring.
|Amish man using corn binder|
Yet another way they harvest is to allow the corn to totally ripen and dry in the field. They come along with a corn picker (different from binder). It strips the ear of corn off the stalk. They pull a wagon behind the picker which collects the corn that the picker throws back. The corn is taken in where, by hand, it is shoveled into an elevator that takes it into a corn crib. The ears of corn are later shredded and combined with other grains for animals.
|Rows of Corn|
The Amish neighbor told me that when the kernels are in full dent, no milk is left in the kernel. Another note is that the animals will eat the stalks if they are harvested green; however, they will not
eat them when they are dry.
|Antique Cars at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast|
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
November 4, 2014