Today the combines harvest the ears of corn, but some of us can remember other days. In the past, the investment of a dollar husking hook was all that was needed to harvest his corn. The farmer would get out his faithful team of horses and the lumber wagon with its high bang boards and walk up and down the corn rows, un-situating the ears, one by one, from their moorings.
The team learned to move at the speed of the human picker. They would mosey along as he ripped off the husk and tossed the ear into the bang-board.
The only casualties in those days were a sprained wrist and a stiff back.
In comparing then and now, we wonder if there isn’t a price to pay for progress, both money-wise and accident-wise.
By Doris Stensland – October, 2016