Corn–the Popping Kind

While the family was gathered for Thanksgiving, my nephew, Brandon, organized everyone to pick popcorn.

popcorn patch

I’ve been putting it off because I wanted it to be dry when we picked it, and we’ve not had a good fall for it to dry on the cob.

ear of popcorn

There were several of us picking, and it didn’t take long to fill up our buckets.

Tammy and Ron

Tammy and Ron

We hauled them out to my place and took them into the house.  I had narrow paths through my kitchen, and that was it.  That’s a lot of corn.

Brandon

Brandon

Over the weekend, I had to get it all husked.  The ears were still pretty wet, and I didn’t want them to mold.  I had a lot of help with husking, but it wasn’t near as good as my picking help.

geese with corn husks

While husking, I found a few ears that are more suitable for the bovine than the popcorn popper.

field corn

I got it all husked and hauled to my basement right beside the dehumidifier, where it will stay until it has dried to the right moisture level (about 14%).  We’ll have popcorn for another year!

ear of popcorn

I have to say, I was worried about that with our bad weather this past summer.

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday for the letter C.  I’m also sharing at Rurality Blog Hop.

Harvest Scavenger Hunt

The topics for this week’s scavenger hunt are:  change, your mood today, dark, welcome, and depth of field.  I must admit, I did have to have some creative interpretations to stick with my theme of the bean harvest.

The combine was a welcome sight today.  We’re supposed to have rain again tomorrow night, so it’s good to get the beans out of the field today.

john deere combine

combine collage

I love that bright green John Deere with its dark trim and tires (see this is the creative one).  My brother-in-law was combining while my nephew (in the back) emptied the grain cart.

combining soybeans

The combine can handle the depth of my bean field (another creative one).

combining soybeans

soybean field collage

If this could describe my mood, I think it would.  My mood is “happy fall harvest”.

combining beans

After being mudded into the ground mid-June and then getting less than an inch of rain in the next three months, I’m thrilled to have about 50 bushels/acre (very preliminary figure) and good moisture content.

soybean harvest

Those soybeans will get changed into my farm payment.

unloading beans

That’s why I welcome the combine and am in a good mood.

Be sure to visit Ashley’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday and Mosaic Monday.  I’m also sharing with I Heart Macro and Macro Monday (because macro with a combine is relative)

Soybeans

I have twenty-four acres of soybeans planted.

soybean field

It’s been quite the challenging year.  We started with so much rain that they were planted quite late.

soybean pods

Honestly, they only had about an inch of rain in the two months after they were planted.

soybeans

They had hardly any pods on them, and I was really worried as to whether or not I’d have any harvest.

soybean pods

With the rain in the last week, we’re getting more pods!

soybeans

The plants are just starting to turn, so they should finish maturing as long as we don’t get an early freeze.

bean field

As much as I want the allergens to go away, I guess I’m hoping for no freezes for a while yet.

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday, where we’re up to the letter S.  I’m also linking to Rurality Blog Hop.

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