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Farmin’ With Brett – Fall Harvest

It’s that time of year again! Fall is here, and that means it a busy season on our farm. This year has definitely been a trying one.  Who knew that after such a great spring planting season that mother nature would decide to throw a curve ball and send one of the driest and hottest summers that anyone around here has ever seen?

I’m sure you have been wondering about the corn, haven’t you? Well, maybe you haven’t. But, I have good news. Thanks to an extensive irrigation system, and a lot of prayers and hard work, this year’s crop made it through one of the worst growing seasons ever. Last week I caught up with Brett in the middle of his favorite job on the farm…

Driving the combine. He’s real serious about his job. Can you tell?

Actually, it’s pretty fun to ride along. There’s a GPS system that monitors just how much corn is being harvested as it comes into the combine, in real time. It’s fancy.

When the hopper gets full the combine dumps all the corn into the grain truck. That’s Mike, my brother (Karen’s husband), making sure Brett doesn’t dump any corn over the edge and all over the road. I’m pretty sure that’s never happened.

Then it’s hauled to the grain bin where it will be stored until it’s transported to the grain elevator and sold.

In a nutshell, that’s what happens. I’ll let Brett explain it to you in a little more detail.

But wait a minute! Before you jump into the combine with us, you might want to go back and see where this all started…

In May we rode in the tractor with Brett and planted the corn.

In July we went along with Brett to check the irrigation system.

All caught up? Okay, now it’s time to harvest…

Farmin’ With Brett – Fall Harvest 2012 from 1canoe2 on Vimeo.

:: Carrie ::

Harvest Time

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….

:: Carrie ::