George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 21 September 1764]

21. Began to cut Tops at Muddy H. & R. Qrs.

The practice in GW’s day was to remove the tops and blades from the cornstalks during the fall, leaving the bare stalks standing while the ears ripened. The tops and blades, and later the harvested stalks, became fodder for livestock.

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