Saturday, October 11, 2014


The view from inside the combine
I've been learning A LOT about corn and soybeans this year, and there is no better way to learn than seeing it for myself and asking a ton of questions. Today I got to ride along in the combine and it was great! My family doesn't combine anything in Washington, we just do hay, so this has been a new and very interesting experience.

Emptying corn from the combine into the auger cart
Good weather can be hard to come by sometimes, especially in Indiana where the weather keeps changing every time you look at the forecast (which is quite often). You can't combine when it's raining. Once it stops raining, if you can get into the fields without getting stuck, you can combine corn, but not soybeans. Then once you get the corn out of the field, you may need the dryer to decrease moisture if it's too wet. Just like dairy farming, there's so much that goes into harvesting corn and soybeans.

As much as the rain complicates things sometimes, it's hard to curse the rain after the drought of 2012.

On a dairy farm, nothing stops just because it's harvest or planting or hay season. Cows are still milked at the same times twice or three times a day and they still need to be fed. Feeding calves is always my favorite. They are SO adorable!

For someone that loves to plan, harvest is definitely teaching me to be more flexible and just go along with whatever happens. It's so hard to give up control of my schedule and just be spontaneous, but that's not a bad thing for me to learn either.

As I'm sure you're already aware, harvest brings a lot more farm equipment onto the roads. Please be careful. These pieces of equipment are expensive and the hard working people in them are working long hours to get the crops in. Farmers appreciate your patience!

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