Wednesday, February 18, 2015

November Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up: Corn Harvest Complete

The photos in this post illustrate how large the land is on the Great Plains. The only thing that is bigger is the sky above it. Last Fall we completed our corn harvest in the nick of time. Within hours of finishing, weather came in that would have made it impossible to finish. Call it just plain luck or a blessing from above, it was a happy day.
The Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up for November 2014 is presented to:
Corn Harvest Complete
Originally published on November 5, 2014
The fields in GriggsDakota are empty now. The 2014 crop is in. 
 We finished the corn yesterday. Most of it ran better than we had expected, given the season. We are satisfied. 
The sun was peeking through the clouds, low in the sky, and the wind was blowing cold. It felt like time to be done with this season. 
 The man is servant to the truck and the truck is servant to the crop, but we are all servant to the weather, and it is changing.
If the weatherman is a truth teller, there will be snow today. 
 Snow in November, especially early November, may melt in a few days.
It, however, often will not melt until Spring, so although darkness had fallen before I drove out of the field for the last time, it felt good to leave it behind. 
We will leave the field to Winter cold and wind. We hope the corn will catch some snow and give the ground a drink in the Spring melt. It has been a dry Fall. 
The corn goes from the combine to the grain cart, then to the truck, a trip through the grain dryer, back to the truck and into the bin. 
The corn is finally finished in GriggsDakota.

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