Harvesting Oats the Old-Fashioned Way

The traditional way of harvesting oats was a strenuous, labor-intensive process.

Three pitchforks. The pitchfork is the correct tool for pitching loose hay and straw, or grain bundles that have been harvested with a binder. These have varying numbers of sharp tines. Mike found the center fork in an old barn. It may be as much as 150 years old, he says, and was forged by a blacksmith.
Photo by Ron McGinnis