Laura, I have one thing I learned from this – I could NOT do farming. The worry I would have at how I can pay the bills, keep up with the enormous expenses and repairs that are constant, and be terrified if the crop failed. Oh my goodness, you two are the bravest people I will ever meet. And again, you two provide the food that I eat at my table so thank you for serving really the world with your production of food! Picking – shelling – harvesting. This is a grandpa question. Picking goes back to the days when corn was literally picked by hand one ear at a time. This migrated to when machines still picked the corn on the ear, typically with a pull-behind or tractor mounted picker. When the first grain bins arrived, most folks added an attachment to their tractor mounted picker to shell the corn before it was augured into the wagon – this was called a picker-sheller. Withe dominance of the combine, we began to call it harvesting corn.