Sunday, February 12, 2012

Picking Corn

Today's picture shows sharecroppers picking corn. The picture was taken in 1939 near Orange Country, North Carolina. I do not completely understand those pyramid shaped bundles of stalks you see in Corn fields. Why are the stalks gathered in bundles like that? Is that before or after they take the corn ears off?


Well, over time, the population of Chickie town has diminished, at least when it comes to hens. We are down to about 7 hens, and they are getting older and don't produce the number of eggs that they used to. So, we ordered more baby chickies. We ordered some Black Star chickens, and some Easter Layers. The Black Star lay lots of brown eggs and the eggs are big and beautiful. Also, the Black Star chickens are very tame and friendly. When you go out there, they like to run up and talk to you. The Easter Layers also are friendly and lay lots of big eggs. These chickens lay colored eggs. The eggs are pastel shades of blue, green, pink, aqua and so forth. So, we should have a nice mix of eggs and chickens soon.


  1. The stacks were probably done after the corn was pulled. I remember pulling corn only once, but hoed corn a lot. Very hot in the summer going down each row, with the stalks taller than my head, where no air could circulate.
    I did not like farm work, and was so glad my dad was a carpenter, and moved us to the city, to be close to his work.
    My mom had us kids working all summer & on week ends in the spring and fall, working for the cotton and corn farmers. We earned $4.00 a day hoeing, when we picked cotton we were paid 4 cents a pound. We got to keep half of what we earned on Saturday, to spend as we wished. This was in 1949-50.

  2. I believe they were stacked that way to allow them to dry. They were then used like straw.

    My uncle used to grind up the corn without shucking it. My job was to shovel it into the grinder so it could be fed to the pigs.

    When the crib would get low, the rats would come running out. He had a little dog that used to chase, catch, and kill the rats.

  3. great pictures. i think they might have stood those stalks up so they could find their way back home at the end of the day. all those little chics will certainly have fun when you add some water to that pool. thanks, johnnny

  4. So cute!! This picture of the chickies remind me of when my grandma used to order new baby chicks from Sears and Roebuck. They came in the mail and then lived on her back porch until old enough to go out to the coop.

  5. I believe the stocks were so that it would be easier to clean up the field, and so that it would be easier to harvest the stalks for use as bedding (human or animal) or whatever. This also helped keep as many bugs and diseases from over wintering.

    The chickens are cute.We had some chickens that laid pastel eggs at one time. The kids loved them.

  6. Can you tell at this young age whether the chicks are hens, or roosters? I remember one year in grade school we had some chicks living at the back of our class. After a while, we found they could fly... at least far enough that we had to find new accomodations for them. I wonder what happened to them? Did they become soup?
    Graham (in St. John's)

  7. I think a corn shalk is like a bale of hay. To hold that stuff together until the cows (or such) can eat it . . .

  8. North Carolina...maybe what we are looking at is tobacco stalks, not corn stalks.

  9. The bundled corn, called schocks, was often used as bedding. Putting it into schocks was a way to keep it dry. Today it is chopped into smal bits and plowed back into the soil. In any event the dead stalks had to be removed so the field could be replanted.