On the Anderson Farm, we started our wheat harvest on Monday, August 2 down at the Tammany Farm. This year's cold rainy spring has delayed the crops and we, along with everyone else, are about 10-14 days later than usual. Once we finish the wheat at Tammany then we will move up to the Genesee farm which will be probably 8 or 9 days from now.
Last Saturday I helped Joe take our 2nd semi truck over to the field that would be harvested first, and as I was following him into the field, I was again amazed at the amount of equipment that is needed to get the wheat harvest done at the Tammany farm. So here is what I saw but couldn't get it all in the picture, 3 combines, 2 tractors with the bank-out wagons and 4 semi-trucks plus one tractor with a disk behind it.
Joe and I bought a used (but new to us) 2009 combine and this model is very complex as it has a TV like monitor in place of gauges. So after getting the semi parked, Joe wanted to practice cutting a couple of bulk tanks of wheat before Monday in order to get more familar with this new machine. When the combine starts up, it feels a little like an airplane reviving up, just before take off, then the motor calms down and all is quiet except for when the monitors that beep and sound like a video game. Actually a cockpit of an airplane does remind me of the inside of a combine.
Our day started out with Joe checking out the combine to make sure all was in order.
Once Joe checked out the combine, he wanted to get a feel for the machine due to the fact that we bought this late last year after our harvest was over and he had never driven it. This is the newest combine we have ever owned and like I said, it is very high tech. Joe has been reading the owners manual for weeks now, but you need "seat time" to really understand all the bells and whistles.
This is what a full bulk tank looks like just before it gets unloaded into the bank-out wagon.
Here is a video of the combine unloading into the bank-out wagon, as well as a picture below unloading into the other bank-out wagon.