Harvest was a time of endurance and endless labor. Here, husked ears of field corn are being loaded into a small wicker basket to be dumped into the cart in the background, while the horses patiently wait.
During World War I, corn was promoted as a good substitute for wheat. Wheat was needed to feed the troops.
Show this photo to people who want to go back to the days of growing your own food and doing it by hand. Here we see a charming family photo--three children, two of them of school age, instead spending the day helping their father husk corn. In the background are more “shocks” of corn stalks, tied together in small pyramids to preserve the corn until the family can get to it to do the husking. This work will get harder when snow starts to fall.
In World War II, with many farmers and farm workers being away at war, all hands were needed to help bring in the crops. You could sign up to help on the farm.
This old-timey photo of a ‘shock’ of corn stalks in winter may be picturesque, but it is a painful recollection of a tremendous burden. Before farmers had access to harvest machinery, corn stalks were simply piled together in these tent-like heaps each fall. By hand. Then the farmer could come back all winter, take the heap (‘shock’) of corn back to the shed, and remove the ears of corn.
Even non-farmers were needed to tend the farms during wartime. If you could handle the work, there was work for you on a farm.
Who knew that Ansel Adams photographed corn? We did. Master photographer Ansel Adams photographed this field of corn in the American southwest in the 1940s.
A country at war--as in a World War--gets its priorities straight. The US government made extra efforts to be sure farming continued even while many able-bodied men went to the front lines of battle. This poster was part of the campaign.
Who knew that Buckminster Fuller designed corn bins? We did. Actually, what he designed was a home made from a grain bin. He is perhaps best known for designing the blueprint for a geodesic dome home made of triangles, one of which was built in the 1970s in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, home of Poet, a sponsor of Against The Grain! Sioux Falls and Buckminster Fuller, we salute you!
Brazil roads #2: This is a double grain truck, in Brazil. Did I mention the bad roads? Note the air pressure lines going to each tire.
In farm country, we have to keep an eye peeled for farm equipment (with the red-and-orange triangle sign on the back to help wake us up and pay attention) moving between fields. The drivers are always friendly, so give them a wave!