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Amish Harvesting Shocking Oats

Before you can thresh the oats you have to cut them and shock them.  If you've seen oat shocks out in the fields you don't realize that it has to be done a certain way.

First, the big Belgian horses have been hitched to a binder to cut and bind the oats into sheaves.  The sheaves fall off of the binder onto the ground in a row.

Later, the men helping to shock come along.  They pick up the sheaves and stack them with the head up.  They are stacked with three sheaves to a side.  Sort of like a little house.  There needs to be a a front door and a back door to the little shock house.  And the doors need to point towards the prevailing wind current.  The purpose of a shock is to let the oats dry out.  Shocks look like they are round but they aren't.  If they were rounded out there wouldn't be any little doors and the air couldn't pass through to dry them out.

Finally, just like every house needs a roof, so, too, our little oat shock house needs a roof, too.  A sheaf is picked up and fanned out.  It is placed on top of the six sheaves making up the shock so as to make a little thatched roof for the shock house.  The oats can dry out and shed any rain that might come along. 

After several days of drying out, the little shock house has a short existance.  The evening before threshing is to start, the men come out and knock the shocks apart so that the sheaves are laying on the ground in rows.  There they wait until Threshing Day!

Re: Amish Harvesting Shocking Oats

My husband has cut and shocked when he was younger(for his neighbor),but our family never did. I think a shocked field is beautiful!

Re: Amish Harvesting

This is duplicated, too.  What am I doing wrong, Kevin?