Saturday, August 28, 2010

Corn Harvesting

The cornfield across our driveway is being harvested this morning. It is not our corn, but we love having it here. It buffers any sound from a nearby road, it houses a plethora of birds and it is pretty and green. It also offers cover and protection to passing coyotes, although I don't like to think about that. But, the time has come for it to be harvested and feed the cows in nearby dairies. The harvesting is a well orchestrated event and in a matter of a few hours, all 40 acres will be finished. The chopper makes a pass through the middle of the field shadowed by the truck that will carry the silage to the dairy.





If you look carefully, you can see the silage shooting into the truck...the chopper is still not visible from this angle...





Here it comes...





Once they reach the end of the row....





...they turn around and head the other direction.




The red truck you see here, is an empty silage truck and that will pull into place when the green truck is full. The chopper rarely stops.



There are two choppers working this field, as you can see the empty rows.


While I am sad that my little cocoon is gone, it MUST mean that summer is winding down and winter wheat planting will begin soon.


Have a wonderful weekend!

5 comments:

Farmchick said...

Yes, summer is winding down a bit here too. We have a lot of coyotes on our farm, so I know what you mean about not wanting to think about them hanging around!

Betsy said...

Although I can't see a cornfield from my house, our little village is surrounded with them. This is a very common site in Ohio, too...and yes, it means fall is very near!

Emie Kay said...

Love it, love it, LOVE IT!! I never thought I'd say it, but there is Montana farm girl hidden in this heart! :-)

Tipper said...

Love the pics!They haven't started cutting the silage that grows down the road yet-maybe I can get pics too.

The artichokes are so pretty-I've never seen one growing before.

(sorry about the contacts)

Twisted Fencepost said...

We don't have corn fields in this area like you do over there. But we have cotton and soybean.
They usually plant cotton in the field behind our land. And when it comes harvesting time the trucks lose cotton to the trees on the way out.
I love your pics of the cut fields!