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Re: PIcture for Today

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Brings back memories, but my experience was pulling a similar rubber tired wagon with a 8N Ford. Still have both, and live on the same farm. One of the fields is approx. 20 acres, and not many younger generation can believe picking that field by hand. To make matters more interesting, we picked the corn by hand, into a wagon, either put in a corn crib, or transferred into a pickup to haul to a local feed mill. Usually one load, by the time we picked, transferred to the pickup, had ground, and unloaded the sacks, fed the cattle, was a full days work, or at least all we wanted for the day. Then we would do it all over the next day. Often if it was a rainy or wet fall we had to wait until the ground was frozen in order to get into the field, and not get the tractor/wagon stuck. Believe it or not, this was around 1970 (I was about 11, and vividly recall the temps in that field in January) when most had long since gone to tractor mounted pickers, but we used what we had.

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 Re: PIcture for Today in reply to Ron-MO, 04-20-2013 04:31:26  

In the fall of 1951, I was a senior in high school. My dad had gotten an off-the-farm job to get ahead financially, and turned the farm over to me for the time being. He'd always picked corn by hand and expected me to do the same.

Remember, I was still in high school, and we had no horses. So to pick corn, I pulled the wagon with a VAC Case. I'd pick a bunch of corn, then get on the tractor and drive it ahead, then pick some more corn.

I lasted two hours. I said this is b--- s---, and went into town and bought a used single row pull behind picker. I thought I was in heaven!

My dad like to filled his britches when he came home from work and saw me happily going across the field with my mechanical picker. I noticed he didn't tell me to take it back, though.

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