Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Harvest 2010

Many of you have been hearing about our kick off to Fall Harvest 2o10. We have had a great start. The weather seems to be cooperating much better than last year (knocking on wood). We already cut some corn and now we have moved onto soybeans. Many of you know from my summer blog post that this is a very busy time and that there is a lot of hard work that goes into bringing in the crops. This is the first year that I have been able to stick around and actually operate any equipment.

Usually my mornings are spent working on Etsy while I am preparing lunch for all of us and then I drive 45 minutes to the field. After we eat, I jump into the CAT Challenger tractor and run the grain cart. I will admit that I am not that great at this and it is going to take me a while to learn this but the guys are pretty nice about teaching me and tell me that I am doing a great job. I follow the combines around the field and then when they are full of soybeans we unload them onto the grain cart and then I take them to the semi. Then when the semi is full the driver takes the load to the elevator.

The next picture is my view from inside the tractor and then the next two are of the machine. Yes, I am a "CATwoman" but not the typical Halle Berry type of catwoman! I don't think that I could get away with that type of outfit out here!






Here is a small video of the combine in action.

video

Here are a few more pictures of us getting ready to harvest. Everything must be cleaned, oiled, and repaired each day before starting again.