Thursday, September 27, 2007

New Pics

Soybean harvest is moving along. Yields are good. We have had several light rain showers in the last week, so we will combine for a few hours when the ground and the beans are good and dry then wait till the next day/afternoon before we can go again. The ground is damp enough that in the evening when the sun goes down, the header will not slide along the top of the ground, it starts pushing up leaves from the soybeans then pretty soon it makes a clump and starts pushing dirt along with it.

So we are limited to nice dry daylight hours for the harvesting of soybeans.

I spent the afternoon running the grain cart which we use to catch the grain coming out of the combine on the go. That way the combine never stops to unload, it goes on across the field while the tractor and grain cart go over to the truck filling it with the beans.
I don't have any pictures of that yet, need someone else to run the camera.

Normally the Lovely Lady Leah runs the grain cart but she was gone today so I filled in. When she got back, then I returned to my normal tasks, fixing things and driving the truck and/or tractor and wagons back to the bin to unload.

Oct 7th, an Update,

Soybean harvest is over, got done yesterday afternoon. Now we will concentrate on corn harvest and spreading hog manure. Looks like rain for tomorrow, so repair jobs and livestock chores will be on the list. There is no rest for the farmer.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Harvest Has Begun

We have started chopping ear corn silage. I have no time to blog, hardly time to see my family.

A couple of quick pictures to show the change of seasons.

I do not have a picture of the huge spiders that always appear this time of year in the silo house, the building at the bottom of the silos, where the silo unloaders drop the feed. Each fall they string large webs across every space in the building, so that when I go in there in the morning, I carry a broom, otherwise, I come out looking like some creature from a horror movie, all wrapped up in cobwebs.

The first picture is of the corn as it reaches maturity. Notice how the plant dries up from both the top and bottom. All of the energy in the plant is moving to the grain.

The second show the different maturity rates on a couple of varieties of soybeans planted on the same day in May. Since this picture was taken, the beans on the left have nearly lost all their leaves, and will probably be combined by the end of next week.

The last one was taken this afternoon as I checked to see how full the silo was getting. I hate heights, so I was hanging on for dear life. The lovely Mrs. farmer took the picture.

I've got to run, we load cattle at 5:00 in the morning. Did that today as well, and didn't get home until 8:00pm. Long days.