Corn Harvest

Hail Corn!

Back in April, I showed you how the corn was planted. Over the summer it grew up tall over our heads, tasseled, sprouted ears, and finally died of old age. When the corn kernels had reached an acceptable low moisture content, (there’s a little instrument that measures moisture content), Harland pulled the combine out of the barn, tuned it up and took it out into the fields. It was slow going at first as it just wasn’t quite as dry as he would have liked and required further drying in the grain bins.

Then, mid corn harvest, the soybeans were ready, so Harland switched out the corn head for a bean head

and harvested the beans.

By the time he was done with that, the corn was finally dry enough to finish. So he switched out the bean head for the corn head… again.

BTW, the front part (the head) of the combine can be removed and replaced for different crops. So the soybean head does soybeans and wheat, and the corn head does just corn.

These shouldn’t be confused with the bed head as seen below.

 Anywho,  last week, I was there in the field when the last row of corn went into the combine.

And that was it. The harvest was done for the year. Harland cleaned up the combine and put it away in the barn.

It won’t be used again until next June for the wheat harvest.


—–>   Tomorrow I’ll have a video for you with the highlights of the corn harvest.


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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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9 Responses

  1. Tina says:

    Bedhead, you are goofy today!But I’ll bet Harland is happy all that is done. Now that the weather is cooling off what are you cooking these days? I got to put in my first pot roast now the weather is cooperating and is below 100 degrees…brrrrrr. Maybe a big pot of stew?

    • Suzanne says:

      Oh yeah, stew would be wonderful….maybe this weekend. I made a pot roast too. I make mine in the crockpot with a can of beef broth and a bottle of beer.

      • Tina says:

        I make mine in the crockpot too with anenvelope of dry onion soup mix and two cans Golden mushroom soup add no liquids. Then just the roast. It is wonderful!!

  2. Kerry Hand says:

    Top photo is just great. Love your photography. Kerry

  3. Eliza says:

    How does Harland change the combine head? Are they parked in a large shed like structure? I hope you don’t think this is a stupid question but I am just curious….

    • Suzanne says:

      He can raise and lower the head from inside the cab, and so he lowers the head onto a trailer, disconnects it from the combine and backs away leaving the head on the trailer. . Then he drives the combine up to the other head, and connects to that one.

    • Suzanne says:

      Oops forgot. And he keeps all the equipment in a pole barn, a large barn that is open on one side so he can drive the combine and tractors in and out.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! I was curious because it looks like a chore just to change the heads of the combine! 🙂

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