Harvest here has been going really well. The guys should be finishing up as you read this blog post. Rain is coming in tonight and the weather is taking a turn towards Winter so it’s a really good thing. They started out the day with 55 acres to finish up. It has seemed like it has taken for forever but in reality, it’s actually been a shorter harvest than usual…closer to a month than the usual 6-8 weeks. There is still field work and tillage to do, but all in all, the guys are in good shape.
Sunday I decided that I’d spend an hour or so and ride along with Hubby. The combine is HUGE! It’s only a couple years old. Hubby loves it as it has become his “home away from home”.
Can you believe that in the last two weeks he’s clocked in 224 hours of work. YEP…most regular people have 80 hours in a two week period…during harvest, Hubby works LONG, LONG hours.
The inside of the cab is nice. This combine has a buddy seat. I love it. In years past I’ve had to sit half on the arm rest and half on the window ledge. Not anymore…Can you believe that under my seat is a tiny refrigerator??
On his right, Hubby has all the controls. The little monitor is a camera monitor and it allows Hubby to see what is going on at the end of the auger when he dumps the corn into the wagons.
The monitor above shows Hubby “how the corn is running”. It tells the yield and test weight along with lots of other things I don’t really understand.
The blue part on monitor shows what part of the field isn’t combined yet. We worked on the tiny square doing lots of short rows.
Here we are ready to go. The neighbor farmer is out in his combine too.
There is a long time spent when this is the only view. I don’t know how Hubby doesn’t end up stir crazy just looking down row after row after row. Remember the 200 and some odd hours Hubby put in the last two weeks-most have been put it with this as the view.
When corn is all husked, shelled and goes into the hopper that is in back of the cab of the combine. As that fills, the monitor beeps letting him know how full the hopper is.
Once the hopper is full it’s time to dump- emptying the corn in the hopper into wagons. The wagons get hauled home, dumped and brought back.
It takes some careful, on the go, planning to know about how full the hopper will get with each pass. They want to be as full as they can be before dumping but not overflowing. Here the wagons are off in the distance.
I am not good with being directionally oriented. I can’t imagine how Hubby can keep track of this all in the dark!!
While I rode with him we filled two wagons…then we had to part ways. I had work to do at the house in town.
Hopefully today is the last day of this and Hubby can join me in getting more work done there. I hope you enjoyed your ride along…
Today I am thankful for Hubby’s job and the fact that even though it’s long hours, he loves it. Hubby’s job has provided for our family for the last 29 years and I so appreciate knowing that he has a secure job that makes him happy. I am also thankful that his job has been a big part in shaping the lives and experiences of our family. I love living a farming life and I am thankful that Hubby’s job has afforded that to us all.