How to pick an ear that is hanging down on the stalk.
( for a right handed picker)
The left hand grabs the ear first. Notice how the index finger and thumb
of the left hand are positioned on the shank. The middle finger, ring finger
and little finger of the left hand remain open until the hook has open
up the shucks. In the second picture the right hand is coming back across
the shucks to open them up. In the middle picture the right hand has slid
around the ear and the fingers of the left hand should be closing tight
on the shucks. In the fourth picture the right hand is pushing the ear
forward and down while the left hand palm is rolling toward the right hand
and down. This is the motion that breaks the ear from the shank.
Maintain a tight grip on the shucks to clean them from the ear. In the
fifth picture the shank should be broken and the ear is ready to be tossed
into the wagon with the right hand while the left hand moves to the next