Monday, October 10, 2011

Harvest Time

Harvest time is one of my favorite times of year.  I love the beautiful weather, the fall smell that is in the air, and of course, all of the hustle and bustle that goes with being a farmer trying to harvest their crops!  It surely has been a crazy last few weeks on our farm!  We have gone from bean harvest straight into corn harvest with no time to even catch our breath.  Along with all of that, I have also started a new job off the farm in the last week as well.  I guess that just makes us appreciate the time that we do get to spend together a little bit more.  Since my new off the farm job is at a bank, I was lucky enough to have today off - Columbus Day, and JM also had the day off from school.  It was great for us to have a chance to work around the farm.  We did some running this morning to pick up things that we needed.  This afternoon we had the job of running the grain cart.

My husband has also been helping his father harvest this week.  So, by the time we got to combining some of our own corn today it was getting to be the middle of the afternoon.  We have a couple of loads that still need to be delivered to the ethanol plant in Hartley, and they closed at 4 p.m. today so we didn't make it in time.  We just filled the semi truck, wagons and grain carts, and will get those delivered in the morning.  Them we can set the auger up on a new bin and start filling a bin on our yard.

I was having some fun taking pictures from the grain cart today.  This one was taken using the mirror since it was about time for me to start moving and catch on the go.  :) 

Corn harvest is going really quickly since mother nature has does such a wonderful job of drying down the corn we won't have to run any of it through our drying bin.  That saves us time and money!  The only problems that we have had this fall have been the high winds the last couple of weeks.  It has increased the risk of fire in the fields since everything is so dry right now.  We have had quite a few fires in the area which has made everyone more cautious.  We either quit combing on the really windy days or make sure that you have a disc hooked up and in the field ready to go in case a fire starts.

JM and I had a great time working in the field today.  It gave us an opportunity to have some family time even if we weren't all in the same piece of machinery.  We were all doing what we love - farming!