Wheat Harvest

I like love harvest.  Exactly why is hard to put into words, but I suppose it’s that you get to complete the task and you get to see the bounty of what you planted and tended several months before.  It seems like in life there are very few things that you actually get to really finish.

My husband and I don’t always have wheat on our farm; generally our growing conditions are a little more favorable for corn and soybeans.  However, this year we had wheat, and it yielded well.

Looking across the wheat field from the ladder of the combine

For those new to farming – a combine is the harvesting machine that we use to separate the kernels from the plant.

Looking across the wheat field from the ground

Notice how thick the wheat is.

Wheat head

The wheat “head” contains the berries that will be thrashed out.

Combine Head as the wheat comes into the machine

The combine header will cut the wheat plant at the stem.  The head of the plant will go through the machine and separate the plant material from the kernels.  Behind the seat of the combine is a bulk bin that the kernels will be collected until they are off-loaded into a truck.

Looking behind the driver’s seat into the bulk bin that temporarily holds the grain

The bulk bin can hold about 200 bushels.  1 bushel of wheat is 60 pounds.  One bushel of wheat makes about 90 one-pound loaves of whole wheat bread.

Off-loading the wheat into the truck. View from the combine.

The truck can haul around 925 bushels of wheat.

Off-loading view from the ground.

The wheat was fairly tall this year so once the wheat was harvested, the straw was baled and removed from the field.  Then soybeans were double crop planted into the wheat stubble.  Double crop means that we hope to yield two crops from this field in one year.  Mother Nature will need to work with us a little on rain, but if the conditions are right, we’ll harvest the soybeans in the fall.


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