After a brief intermission of rain, the combines are back in the corn fields. Soybean harvest was completed last week. It’s a relief to have that part done, because weather can wreak havoc on the beans if they are left in the field.
Corn harvest takes longer. It involves grain dryers, storage bins, grain carts, and long hours unloading trucks full of grain. While we haul almost all of our soybeans straight to the grain terminal, we store all of our corn on the farm so there is more labor involved; hauling and unloading. Seems like there are more things that can go wrong as well. We have a “new” grain dryer this season which has a larger capacity. When we fired it up for the first time, it blew a transformer on a nearby electric pole, so there was a delay waiting for the power company to arrive and fix that. There’s always an occasional flat tire to fix, too.
My job, as usual, is keeping everyone fed and watered. It can be a full time job on busy days, especially when there are workers in different locations. Sometimes the hardest part is finding everyone! I have a list of foods that, in my opinion are easy to fix and deliver to workers who don’t want to slow down to eat, but need nourishment.
Friday it rained enough to bring everything to a halt, so we went out for supper, and Saturday we went out again with friends for a nice meal. It was nice to have a break in the action.