When I looked to the north yesterday evening, I saw a wonderful sight! It was the combine!
I went up and took one last look at the field before they began harvesting.
The yield on the first couple of rows is always significantly lower because of the deer.
The combine really is an impressive machine. The corn head has tips that go between the rows.
The cornstalk is cut and the ears are pulled into the head on the little conveyer belt up to the auger where the ears are fed into the combine.
Through some magic of mechanical engineering that I don’t understand, the corn is removed from the cob and fed into the storage hold and the cob is spit out the back end. The combine is dangerous at times though. The warning sign is very serious in it’s message. There’s many a farmer with short fingers that did not heed the warning.
Soon my field will be empty and I’ll know its yield. That’s a bit scary with the drought this year.
So far the fields they’ve done have ranged from 126 – 179 bushels per acre.