For about five weeks in the summer, many people in Iowa enjoy fresh from the field sweet corn. In this photo, field workers are harvesting sweet corn for the Beaver Valley Canning Company (later called the Grimes Canning Company) on the farm of Jesse Taylor near Grimes, Iowa. Even though sweet corn is only a small percentage of the corn grown in Iowa, it is the corn that we buy canned or frozen from the grocery store. The kernels on field corn are removed from the cob in the field, but the ears of sweet corn must remain whole until they get to the canning factory.
- What technology is helping these workers to do their job?
- How is this similar to and different from how corn is harvested today?