Hello America! The Anderson farm has been busy, first as you know with a wedding on the farm and a short couple of weeks later harvest has arrived. So before I show you what will be ending up on your dinner table, I have to tell you a funny story on Cody our hired man... But first to preface this, Cody was the town kid who at age 11 started hanging out at the farm. He would show up in morning and would ride in any piece of equipment that he could, ask lots of questions, fiddle with things if no one was looking and always wanted to know how things worked. So when he was old enough we hired him to begin working on the farm and he is now our full time hired man. Anyway... back to Cody at age eleven, I always thought maybe he had a "crush" on the farmer's daughter (our youngest - Kaitlyn) as she was 15 and our tractor driver. But while preparing the barn for Kaitlyn and Andrew's wedding reception, I overheard Kaitlyn teasing Cody about him hanging around the farm so much when he was little and he said he didn't have a crush on her, he just liked her tractor. It just shows that you don't have to be born into a farm family to have a love for farming and the equipment.
And.... speaking of equipment, as America's farms have become more efficient and feed more people today than in the past, the equipment has had to grow to accommodate the increased crop yields. Last year, we purchased some farm ground from a neighbor who hadn't farmed in many years and his outdated equipment had sat in an old outbuilding on his place. Just to show you the progress made in the last 50+ years to present day.....
|The "open air" model meant lots of dirt, chaff and dust for the driver|
|My bike gives a reference point to see just how short the old header|
is ( 14 or 16' header)
|It's a big job to feed America and big equipment is needed to get the job done|
But now semi-trucks are needed and this farm-wife didn't want to learn to drive these big monsters (which is probably a big relief to the warehouse men at the grain terminals! ) =)
|This was my truck when we used it to haul in the crops, now it is used as a water or fuel truck|
|Big trucks for big combines|
Sometimes I do miss not being in the field with the guys, but it was my choice to not learn to drive the tractors, combines or semi-trucks - and by doing so, it allows me the time to share what we do with you. So as the first few days of harvest started last week down at the Southern Tammany farm, here are videos and pictures. Click here if unable to view the video.
|A view of the full bulk tank just before it gets unloaded|
|Usually the combine will unload into the grain cart and then the tractor driver will|
drive over to unload the wheat into the semi-trucks
|A view of the tractor and disk for a fire break|
And here is a video of Farmer Joe explaining about creating a fire break, as the heavy wheat chaff mixed with hot equipment can start a fire in the fields....
And as the grain was just a bit too green (meaning the moisture content was too high for the warehouse to accept it), we shut down for the week-end, our collection of equipment was parked on a green spot to let the grain ripen over the week-end.
So as Farmer Joe, Farmer Jay, hired men, Cody & Ryan bring in the crops, I'll be giving you almost daily a harvest report. As always, thanks for stopping by, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment too. Either way, I love to hear from you. All my best, Gayle