30 Sep Emma: Fall Harvest Grand Opening
My Aunt Sonja and cousin Lee have joined us to help out. Sonja is running one of our combines, and has in the past. Lee was here for a couple days before going back and will come back next week when he can get off work. We really do appreciate all their hard work, and of course we love spending time with them.
Here’s a few photos from our last three days.
The first field of beans in 2011. Dan is setting the combine to soybeans. The combine has a particular setting that is different from wheat because the seeds are different sizes. Finding those setting can be a challenge.
I love to see how clean the ground looks when a field of soybeans is done. Everything is looking crisp and neat.
The way I would describe what wheat chaff looks like is sawdust. It’s very fine and feels like sawdust.
The beans are testing around 10 percent moisture and that is where they should be. The elevators around here will take beans that test between eight and 13 percent moisture.
We are cutting directly on the ground. A two inch, or less, stem is what is left behind. We cut soybeans so low becasue the beans actually grow all the way down at the bottom of the stem. Depending on the crop you can as many as 200 pea-sized beans in just one stem.
I’m glad to be harvesting again, especially soybeans. I think beans are my favorite crop to harvest. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and maybe the way a field is crisp and clean when completed suits me.
Be safe and God bless.