Ah, the Harvest!

For me, the harvest involves green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, which I’m getting a lot of right now, okra, chard, kale, squash and the manifold things I’ve mentioned in several years of blogs.  I was in central Illinois recently during their harvest, which means corn and soybeans, and boy did I see the equipment!

I couldn't get a picture from the front--it moved surprisingly fast, but here's the corn harvester moving through the field

I couldn’t get a picture from the front–it moved surprisingly fast, but here’s the corn harvester moving through the field

There had been a lot of rain, so the farmers couldn’t get into the fields to take out the crops.  We saw quite a few fields that were partially harvested with big ruts where the machinery had to back out.  Now, they’ve had more rain, so I guess some of those crops will be drying in the field, saving a bit of energy.

They create a lot of dust.  Note the spout on the left.  It empties the corn into transport.

They create a lot of dust. Note the spout on the left. It empties the corn into transport.

I grew up here, so seeing farm machinery on the roads isn’t surprising, but it had been a while, so I was stunned by the size of it.  The top of the cab on the corn harvester is probably more than 15 feet high.  Seeing one of these machines in action is awesome.  It just eats up about 12 rows of corn at a time, mulching the plant matter and scoring off the corn from the cob.  Then it decants it onto a huge wagon that gets hauled away to a storage bin or a semi-truck for transport.  A lot of it is probably making its way down the Mississippi in barges, as well.  Wow!

A monstrous wagon about to be loaded.

A monstrous wagon about to be loaded.

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