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See the Grain Cart Work

25 Jul

It’s barley harvest time! During grain harvest, we have a lot of engines running. The combine does the harvesting job, the grain cart does the transporting job, and the trucks do the hauling job.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

In the past I’ve helped by running grain cart. If anyone had told me ten years ago that I’d learn how to run large farm equipment with confidence and success, I’d have laughed. But, that was a lesson in never saying never.

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The past couple years, motherhood has taken top priority so I haven’t been in the field other than to run out lunch and be a passenger in the combine. As my mentor, Melinda, says, I also help by keeping things running at home. My farmer needs and appreciates those clean clothes, a peaceful home, and good meals.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

We have good help during barley harvest. Our fantastic, hard-working employees Chris and Ken keep the trucks headed to the bin and the grain cart running. Tyler’s brother Cooper also works for us on the weekends when he’s not mechanicing for a local John Deere dealership.

In the past, Tyler’s long-time friend, Scott, also kept the grain cart going. I get questions from some of my friends about what the purpose of the grain cart is, so here Scott demonstrates.

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After the combine fills the grain cart with, well, grain; the operator heads to the end of the field where the truck is waiting.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

This is one of the only times when 10 mph feels fast.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

As the cart operator approaches the truck, he raises his auger.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

Wait for it.

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There it is.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

He pulls back his RPMs and turns on the auger.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

Then he opens up the auger’s gate, revs up the RPMs, and starts to fill.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

The spout is adjustable so the cart driver can better position the grain as he fills.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

He starts at the front of the truck (closer to the cab) and moves toward the back as the box gets full.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

Once the truck is full, he closes his gate, shuts the auger off, and pulls away. He makes certain to be clear of the truck and then puts his auger back down.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

Then the truck driver takes the load to our bins.

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At the bins, the driver dumps the grain from the truck into the auger, which fills the grain bins.

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And the cart┬áheads back to the combine…

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

…where he waits to get filled up and do it all over again.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. – Philippians 1:9

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Red and Black

18 Oct

As we combined a field of corn yesterday, our dog, Clay, a.k.a. Red, was sniffing out all the best smells on the end of the field. I brought load after load of corn to dump on the trucks and Clay continued to sniff. During one cart run, I noticed a black cat on the end of the field. “I wonder if he’ll find her,” I thought.

Red and Black | The Farm PaparazziDuring one particular run, after I’d finished unloading corn onto the red truck and started back to the field, I looked down and saw Clay going crazy. He was barking and shaking uncontrollably and at first I was worried he was hurt. One of my worst fears is to run him over with my tractor and grain cart’s massive tires. So, I jumped out of the tractor to inspect the situation.

Red and Black | The Farm PaparazziNo injuries, just a Red dog cornering a Black cat. As I leaned in to see if there were any escape routes, she spazzed out, sputtering and hissing with all four legs flying. Both Clay and I jumped two feet in the air. I carefully leaned in again and could see Black was safely in the undercarriage of the truck and Clay would have to try some serious maneuvers to make it to where she was. Not that I’d be opposed to him catching her. It’s nature at work, after all.

Red and Black | The Farm Paparazzi

Red and Black | The Farm PaparazziSo I returned to my job as grain cart operator extraordinaire. On another trip back, I noticed Clay running after new smells and thought Black must have escaped. Part of me was glad. Less bloodshed for the day.

Red and Black | The Farm PaparazziLater that night, when Farmer Husband came home, he told me he had a hidden companion on the ride back to the yard. He’d taken the red truck to be dumped at the end of the day and when he parked, off ran the Black cat. She had stealthily ridden the two miles in the truck’s undercarriage to her freedom in a new land.

Victory was hers and Clay was left to fight another day.

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What adventures have your animals been up to lately?

God Bless You and American Agriculture,

Liz

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13 (NIV)

Corn Harvest 2014 – The Beginning

10 Oct

Corn harvest has begun.

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Luckily Clay is at the helm.

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Happy Harvest to you all!

God Bless You & American Agriculture,
Liz

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

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