Fall in this area brings much talk of harvest. Even non farmers will often ask about the progress. We talked to a man recently who had just had his very first experience near and in a combine. We sometimes forget how foreign our lives are to other people. Just for fun, I am giving you a very brief tour of one of our combines. This is the one I usually drive.
This is the view out my window. I love it! You can see the row head at work. (It has all the pointy things. 😊)
There is actually quite a lot to keep track of. I need to watch the moisture of the grain, -too wet and we can’t cut. I watch the yield, because more bushels means more money to pay off loans! Then there are the graphs that show you the speed, and other inner workings of the machine. Care is needed because combines are finicky! I won’t bore you with the details.
When the combine is full, a beep will sound, telling the driver to unload onto the graincart, which then takes the grain to the trucks. Anyone who knows combine drivers can tell you that they like to push the limits on how full they can get the combine. Not me, of course.
Oops! I almost forgot to show you the most important feature. The buddy seat where my lunch box goes! I hope you get the chance to take a ride and experience one of these machines for yourself someday. They truly are amazing and harvest is a crazy, wonderful time.