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90 Stooking by Paintings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)

Stooking Corn

Watercolour: Signed and dated 1990

Image: 180mm x 190mm - Framed 470mm x 475mm

A stook, also referred to as a shock is a circular or rounded arrangement of swathes of cut grain stalks placed on the ground in a field. Typically sheaves of grains such as wheat, barley and oats may be 'stooked' so they are ready for threshing. A stook may refer to twelve sheaves

An automatic bale stooker was eventually designed to eliminate the need for a person to manually stack the stooks

The purpose of these practices is to protect unthreshed grain, hay or straw from moisture until it can be picked up and brought into long-term storage. The unthreshed grain also cures while in a stook

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