Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Harvest...

When we woke up on Saturday morning, there were over 30 acres of beans still standing, and a bunch of acres of corn.

When we went to the barn for evening milking, the fields were bare.

Here are a few pictures of the corn and bean harvest, courtesy of our friend and neighbor Steve Emerson. His pictures turned out way better than mine did!  Thanks Steve!

First, they harvested the corn at the two locations where we rent ground...

The combine can hold a lot of shelled corn, but when it was possible, the grain cart drove along beside the combine...

When he was full, he would go and empty his load into the grain truck. These next pictures are ones that I took here at home) ...

This truck wasn't full yet, but it sure didn't take long to fill it...

I got a kick out of watching the cows watch the combine.  This is Patty, mesmerized or perhaps confused about what's going on.  Wouldn't she love to hop the fence and get into that corn field?!  She'll have to wait for that corn later.  It will be dried, toasted and brought back to the farm as we need it.  There goes one of the full grain trucks up the road behind her...

When the corn was finished, they switched headers on the combine and harvested the beans.  (one more picture courtesy of Steve)  It was a windy, but beautiful day.  I'm sure glad all that dust wasn't blowing in my windows!

The corn yields were great this year!  I don't know exact numbers, but I heard talk of over 200 bushels per acre.  It was a little wet though, so between low grain prices and being docked a bit for drying, the final numbers won't be so high.  The beans were plenty dry, and yielded okay.

It's a great feeling to be finished with harvest for the year.  It's not time to rest, though! Right now Jim's wrapping the last of the hay for the year, and then it'll be time to bale corn fodder and haul manure.

The leaves are beautiful about now, and have only begun to fall.  We've been having absolutely beautiful weather, and once again I am reminded of how thankful I am to be able to experience the change in seasons every year!


  1. oh, you had a VERY productive day! your work never ends, but i know that must be such a great feeling to have the crops in!

  2. I'm rejoicing with you. It's a good feeling to have all that important work done in time. It was cold and sunny this morning but warmer in the afternoon, The wind was drying all that heavy rain we've been having this past week.

    The corn picture looks so beautiful. It looks like they have to balance the load by filling the front and back compartments first.

    Have a great week and wishing healing for your back,

  3. I am sure you are very relieved to have this all over with!

  4. A little bigger than my harvest! You have to be happy with 200 bushels per acre! Wow!

  5. God has been very good to your family this year. I see blessing upon blessing in all of your harvests.
    I love seeing all of that corn going into the trucks. It really is a sight to behold.

  6. So fun to learn about your corn harvest. Linda at Colorado Farm Wife and her farmer are getting ready to do something similar in a day or so. When I was a kid we harvested our corn while it was still green as silage, packed it in a long pit in the ground where it fermented. The cows loved the warm stinky stuff for breakfast in the winter.

  7. Congratulations on the harvest being completed! A great feeling on the farm. Glad to hear your fall weather is gorgeous. Ours has been too and we are taking advantage of every nice day.

  8. What a nice feeling to have the crops in.
    I'm happy for you that this years harvest has been a good one.
    So blessed!

    Smiles :)

  9. Must be such a feeling of accomplishment once harvest time comes!

  10. Glad you had a good harvest. It has been a tough year with the low prices and drying.


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