Friday, February 14, 2014

Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up December 2013: Shutting down the Corn Drying

We are nearly finished with the Farmer Fred Awards. Do they seem to be dragging on forever? Well, if so that is a reflection of our 2013 season on the farm. It dragged on and on. In fact, this post tells the story of the actual shut down of our harvest. We do not need to dry all of our corn every year, but this year, besides being a late harvest, the corn didn't dry down. We dried every bushel. This post reflects the happiest day of the happiest month of a challenging year in GriggsDakota. 
The Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up for December is:
Shutting Down the Corn Drying
originally published December 18, 2013
 In the big world, our farm is less than a speck.
But it is nearly the entire world that we live in. 
 Today the world is rejoicing as we complete the corn drying for another season.
There will no longer be steam rising out of the grain dryer as it gently heats the corn to release the excess moisture in each kernel. 
The wet corn goes into the grain dryer at the top. 
The dry corn comes out at the bottom where it travels up the auger and into the grain cart. 
From the grain cart it will be transferred to its storage bin by truck.  
As I stand in the steamy cold air, I notice the ground is covered with something we call bees wings. 
In truth the debris on the snow from the cob of corn. It is loose and blows away from the grain as it is transferred to and from the dryer. 
It marks our tracks as we move the equipment away from the dryer site. The is the real date that we complete our harvest in GriggsDakota. It feels like Christmas!

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