This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Those last two rows of corn...

It's (just barely) October in Minnesota.  The corn harvest around St Joe started last week, and I noticed, in passing the same field a few times, that they'd left two rows of corn standing.  
I've wondered about this for about fifteen YEARS, honest.  I've asked former farmers what was going on, and never got an answer.  Was it to feed wild deer or provide cover for pheasants, maybe?  (Never get a chance to ask a current farmer--they're too busy).  But this week, I asked my favorite retired farmer client about it.  He's in hospice, and isn't always lucid, but when I go sit with him, I try to talk about normal, everyday stuff as a respite from "how are you?" Plus, I actually wanted to know.
He said, quite clearly, that the first fields harvested are the fields that didn't turn out--corn that dried out and never formed cobs.  They leave two rows so the crop insurance adjuster can see what it looked like.  Then he went back to sleep with a pleased grin on his face that matched mine.  Cool, huh?

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