Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Plentiful Harvest

The perfect fall afternoon, blue skies, eighty degrees, scooter ride.

The wagons of shelled corn on the way to the elevators told us that harvest was underway.  The fields gave testimony to that fact.

This beanfield is not quite ready to cut, but we saw several that were.

These tractors are resting from their hay-making chores.  The product is mowed, fuffled, and raked.  Soon it will be baled.

Hay that is baled for market is usually baled in rectangular bales, but most people who plan to use the product locally bale in round bales.  Depending on size and density of product, a round bale will weigh anywhere from 700 pounds to 1800 pounds.  They are handled with tine attachments on the tractor.

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Secondary Roads said...

As you'd expect, we're a little behind you in the harvest cycle.

Lin said...

I will be down there for a day in October--hopefully to catch a ride in the combine with our harvesting friend. Can't wait!

vanilla said...

Chuck, two and half or three degrees latitude make a little bit of difference.

Lin, oh, I do hope you get on board that beast. The perspective! Well, let's just say I know you will enjoy the ride.

Sharkbytes said...

fuffled? Is that a technical term ;-)

vanilla said...

Shark, I think "fuffle" is of Scottish origin. Basically means to muss up. In the case of haymaking, the purpose is to properly aerate the product.