Title Nora Reinhold Operating Grain Binder
Place Medford, Wisconsin
Date c.
Description This photo shows Nora Reinhold driving the grain binder with a team of horses.  The grain binder would cut and bind grain stalks and tie them into bundles.  Bundles were then dropped onto the field for workers to collect and stack into "tipi" type piles called shocks.

As Nora Reinhold drove the grain binder, her husband, Carl Oscar, shocked the grain. Nora and her son, Carl Oliver, also helped shock grain. Shocking was done by hand.  A person shocked five rows of grain at a time, starting with the middle row.  All grain bundles on the two outside rows had to be hand carried to the middle row. The grain shock was made on the middle row.  One man could shock about 2 to 4 acres of grain per day.  Once shocked, the grain took about two weeks to cure.  Once cured, it was ready for threshing.