Farmer Fred is combining black beans in the fields of GriggsDakota.
He runs the flex-head of his combine a hair's breadth from the ground in order to capture all of the bean pods hanging on the vines.
The combine shells the pods and deposits the black beans into the combine's hopper.
The rocks have been diligently picked from this field, and then it was gone over with the rock roller. Follow the link to learn what rock rolling does in a field.
As you can see in the photo above, no matter how hard we work at it, there are always more rocks. Combine drivers have to be on the lookout for rocks on the combine header.
From the combine hopper the black beans travel through the unloading auger and are dropped into a truck waiting at the end of the field.
It is a windy day and the dust is blowing as the black beans leave the auger spout.
I wonder how many cans of black beans could be made from a truck load of beans. Black beans are cleaned of dust and debris, washed and canned. Coming from the can, they look very much like they do in the field.
This is where black beans come from.
An American farm, maybe even our farm, in GriggsDakota.