Frontier

How did frontier farmers plant corn?

Corn was planted in small hills of dirt that were three or four feet apart. Farmers had to first plow and cross-plow the field before taking a hoe and making the hills. After the seeds were dropped in, they were -cover-ed up and then watered.
 
During the time the corn was growing, famers would hoe around each hill, digging up the weeds. 
 
At harvest time, they cut the ripened corn ears off the stalks and hauled them back to the barn. They then cut the stalks down for livestock to eat during the winter. 
 
Shucking the corn (pulling the leaves and corn silks off) often became a festive event for the neighborhood. People would gather in the barn and shuck together, singing songs, and sometimes passing around whiskey. Afterwards there would be food, and perhaps even a dance. 

Even former slaves, interviewed in the 1930s, mentioned how much they enjoyed shucking corn together. It was an opportunity for them to be together, sit down, talk, sing, and also drink whiskey.



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