In Palestine the harvest was brought in during May, but could begin earlier and finish later, depending upon the land and the weather. Corn was cut by sickles; threshing was by the treading of unmuzzled oxen (Deut. 25: 4; 1 Cor. 9: 9) and the threshings were tossed into the air so that the wind would scatter the chaff (husks) from the wheat (Ps. 1: 4). The grain was stored in barns (Matt. 6: 26; Luke 12: 18).