Hand Harvesting

Cor« Pegs

The easiest way to harvest corn by hand is to allow it to bang on the stalk until the plant is dead and brown. Then, move down one row after another, husking the ears and tossing them onto a wagon, cart, or pickup truck. In the past, farmers used many kinds of husking pegs strapped to their fingers or the palm of one hand to rip the husk loose from the ear with one swift downward motion. The original luifking peg was a simple piece of wood or bone About 14-incli in thickness, sharpened to a point at one end, and held in the middle joint of the fingers of the right hand. A string or leather thong held it to the fingers. The husker would slash open the husk with the point of the peg, grab a section of husk between thumb and peg, and tear it off the ear. You can do the same with your fingers, but it takes longer and is harder on the fingers.

Stripping the husk <iu>ay.

Over the years, improvements came to the husking peg, the ultimate being a sort of finger-less leather giove with a steel plate riveted to it. The plate had a steel hook on it which ripped open the husk when the husker ran the palm of his hand down the ear of corn. A good husker could perform this operation with amazing speed and skill and could husk a bushel of corn from the stalks in less than a minute.

Corn Knives A simple tool called a corn knife, shaped like a sword or machete, is used to cut stalks about 4 inches from the ground. Some have long handles and serrated edges.

Corn Knife,
(¡hopping cornstalks with it corn knife.

NORTH AMERICAN SOURCES OF CORN-HARVESTING TOOLS

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BELKNAP, INC,

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COLUMBIAN CUTLERY CO.

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CUMBERLAND GENERAL STORE

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GLEN-BEL'S COUNTRY STORE

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LEHMAN GOOD NEIGHBOR CATALOG

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A. M. LEONARD fc SON, INC.

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BEN MEADOWS CO.

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MOTHER'S GENERAL STORE CATALOG

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NASCO AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

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NORTHEAST CARRYING TRADING CO.

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SEYMOUR MFG. CO.

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THE UNION FORK fc HOE CO.

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INTERNATIONAL SOURCES OF CORN-HARVESTING TOOLS

CORN KNIVES

MACHETES & HARVESTING KNIVES

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KUMAR INDUSTRIES

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LASHER TOOLS PTY., LTD.

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RAIPH MARTINDALE & CO., LTD.

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SHW SCHWABISCHE HUTTENWERKE GMBH

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SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND SMALL HOLDING SUPPLIES

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SO^IEi.: DES FORGES TROPICALES

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FRANZ SONNLEITHNER K.G.

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SPEAR & JACKSON TOOLS, LTD.

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SYNDICAT DE L'OUTILLAGE AGRICOLE ET HORTICOLE

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UBUNGO FARM IMPLEMENTS

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WOLF AND BANGERT WERKEUGFABRIK

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