Did you every gather corn in the field with a wagon and team. I have. Dad went to Jack Robertson with a wagon and team, me and Richard to harvest a corn crop.the wagon went down the roll and knocked down one row, this was called the down row. Richard gathered the down row and I worked one side of the wagon and dad worked the other row.The first thing to know it is always in November and cold when you harvest the corn. You took the ear of corn and reached around the base of the ear bending the ear over the back of your left hand while giving the ear a good whack with the right hand breaking the ear of corn loose then tossing the ear in the wagon .we didn't have gloves and soon our hands were red and chaffed from the breaking of the ear but you kept going and you were glad when the wagon was full or you ran out of corn which ever came first.Dad drove the team as well as harvesting his row.
Every time you crossed the field you covered 3 rows of corn. unless dad gathered two row , seem that was the case. We didn't shock the corn shocks. I guess Jack Robertson just turned his cattle in on the corn shocks.