Thursday, January 12, 2017

Corn Shocks in Snow Ohio 1940



Snow-covered shocks of corn, Ross County, Ohio. Photographer: Arthur Rothstein. February 1940. Nitrate negatives. FSA - Library of Congress.

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2 comments:

  1. A familiar sight, and standing cornshocks were great for pheasants and partridges. I've always wondered if they had any agricultural purpose other than that, though.

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    1. Back before corn yields were so high, and planting was so dense, and it was more of a manual operation, shucks served as a way to "store" and gather the corn. This is the only purpose I was aware of - but you've raised another - that perhaps some farmers did it for cover for pheasants and hunting habitat or wildlife.

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