Harvest is Done

When I came home from work yesterday, they were combining my corn field.

Grain Truck

It’s always impressive to see the equipment.

Harvest Timeline 147w

It’s pretty efficient at taking down the stalks, removing the corn from the cob and spitting everything else out he back side.


Combining corn

Once the corn is down, you can see that my field is planted using contour farming.  The rows are not just a straight line.  Instead, they follow the natural curves of the hills to help prevent erosion.

Contour farming

Once the combine is full, they empty it into the grain cart.


Then they go back to combining, and the corn is transferred into a larger truck.

Corn transfer

When that truck is full, it takes the corn to the elevator where it will be sold.

Grain Truck

This year has been a difficult one for harvest.  We’ve had a lot of moisture and the corn hasn’t done a good job of drying in the fields.  That means the corn has to be dried until it is at only 14% moisture.


Another example of how blogging makes me smarter:  I have to figure out new words for Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday.  This week is the letter Z.  Z is for zein.  Zein is a protein found in corn that has many uses.  It is currently used as a coating for pharmaceuticals and candy and many other things. My corn is still standing in the fields waiting to be combined and sold.



There’s a lot of ears that look like this for some reason.

empty corn cob

It might have something to do with the wild critters helping themselves.

ear of field corn

The outside rows of corn always yield way lower than the interior rows thanks to the deer.

Fall is Here

There’s no denying that fall is here.

magnolia leaves

I thought this leaf was pretty amazing.  It got itself stuck in the gate to the barnyard.

oak leaf

My corn is still out in the field.  It’s probably going to be there for a while yet.


It needs to dry. With the price of drying compared to the price its selling for, I need to make sure it’s dry before it’s combined.

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