Today GriggsDakota welcomes back Farmhand Kirsti who took these photos and wrote today's post.
There's action at the bin site. The grain vac has been put to work again as we haul out the last of our 2009 barley.
The first step is to vacuum out most of the grain via the front door of the bin.
Step one: it's a tough job, but someone's got to do it! Actually they are nearby and watching closely. And never fear, the bottom of the bin awaits.
The second step requires more physical labor. With most of the grain removed from the bin, Joe jumps in the bin to operate the vacuum. The hose and vacuum head are heavy. Who needs weightlifting when you work on a farm? However, Joe did learn that even this type of lifting requires gloves.
Joe keeps the grain vac moving. The outdoor temperature is in the eighties. In the bin it is surely over 100 degrees fahrenheit. Vacuuming is faster than the former way of shoveling the grain, but a dirty, hot job. The grain vac also keeps the dust to a minimum, but a barley bin is an itchy place to work. Joe and Robbie will come later with their grain cleaning brooms and sweep it and prepare for the 2010 crop in GriggsDakota.