Sunday, August 14, 2011

Feeding America, Day 5 of Harvest 2011

On Friday we finished the Genesee rim wheat field and we were pleased with the yield of 109 bushels of wheat to the acre.

A view of the combine unloading the wheat from its auger
into the waiting grain cart
The prior and first field harvested (from the Tammany farm) yielded 96 bushels, and that was a record as it is one of our drier fields with less rain fall. These numbers are very welcome as we have had to incur extra expense in either additional fertilizer and/or spraying the crop to stop the Rust disease so it is really nice to see the bigger yields.

So the crew moved back down with our mini parade of farm equipment.  Although I was hoping for some shots on the narrow steep gravel road, it probably would have been too difficult to do that, so Cody our hired-man took a short video clip (below) closer to our Tammany farm.

Farmer Joe's pick-up with the oversize load sign and
pulling the combine header behind
As the combine header is too large (40') it must be removed from the combine each time we move equipment from field to field.  The header is loaded onto a special trailer and pulled behind the pick-up which is the flagging vehicle.

A couple of our semi trucks that will be driven down to the next field

The field that we moved too needed to ripen a bit more, so we were shut down for the week-end.  Typically we don't get week-ends off during harvest, but that is how it worked out.  The crew is hoping to be able to get back on the combines and tractors and harvest more winter wheat first thing Monday morning.

As always, thanks for stopping by and if you have questions or comments, please email me at or post a comment.  Stay tuned for more on the Anderson harvest.  All my best, Gayle

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