Here in our part of the country the corn has grown tall and turned a nice shade of gold, which means it’s time to harvest. For me, and I think for most everyone around here, when the combine makes it’s way into the field to start cutting the corn it is the sign that fall has finally arrived.
On our farm the guys have been working non-stop for the last couple of weeks bringing in the crop. Grain trucks full of the little gold kernels have been rumbling up and down the road and the grain bins next to our studio are slowly filling up with this year’s haul.
It is an exciting time of year, but SO busy! It takes a lot of man power and machine power to bring in 2000 acres worth of crops. All summer long we hope for rain to help things grow. But, this time of year everyone hopes for DRY weather. Rain during harvest time is no good. So far the rain clouds have stayed far away. This is my cousin, Brett. He’s sitting behind the wheel of our big yellow New Holland combine, which is the machine that harvests all that corn. If you notice, to his left is a little fold down passenger seat. I love riding in the combine, it’s so mesmerizing. It just eats up everything in front of it, keeps the kernels, and spits everything else right out the back. Last week I was driving out to the studio to do some printing and I passed the field where he was working, so I pulled right over and hailed him down for a ride.
Have you ever ridden in a combine? You haven’t? Would you like to? You would?!
Okay! Here we go….