I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I don’t know if I did because I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, hehe. Anyway, in keeping with late-November themes of gratitude and harvest, I have some neat farm photography for you today. Several weeks ago I drove out to the field my dad and brothers were harvesting and got some lovely shots in the fading light. ❤
Ready for some golden hour photos and farm trivia? 😀
After I got Dad’s text that they were combining and I could take pictures if I wanted, I drove over to this field at our second property, a few miles away from the main farm we live on. The air looked rather foggy or misty, but mainly it was just dust. 😛 Still, such a lovely glow!
At any other time of day, cornstalks dry enough to be harvested for grain look rather ugly and dead. But they’re fine at golden hour. 😉
Ooh, I quite like this photo! It looks like I mirrored it or duplicated it, but nope.
Hey look, the corn is waving at you guys!
Aha, we have arrived at the equipment part. Here’s a back view of the combine Dad uses to harvest the corn. It’s incredibly huge in real life, despite its tiny size in this picture.
The combine feeds dry cornstalks into that spiky header at the front and shells corn kernels off the cob to be harvested and stored in big grain bins back at our main farm until taken to the mill.
Hehe, here’s Dad waving as he drives by.
This is what makes all the dust: when my brothers drive alongside the combine with the grain cart to collect the corn as Dad harvests it.
And then Logan or Jeff, whoever was driving the tractor, unloads the corn into the semi which holds a lot more.
We harvest thousands of bushels of corn every year. A decent yield is 150+ bushels/acre where we live, and this field was about 60 acres – so they got about 9,000 bushels, or 9 big semi-trailer loads!
One year at our old farm, where the soil was better, we filled up our 42,000 bushel grain bin with corn. O.o But we don’t normally get near that much.
It’s so funny – growing up on a farm, we measure things by acres, silo-heights, or relative to certain fields or pastures. Comparing size/distance to football fields or city blocks or is not very helpful to me. 😛
And we’ll end with a pretty sunset picture with the soybean fields beyond. And I think that really is mist, not dust. 😛
So there you go! That’s (a small part of) how you harvest a corn field! I hope you enjoyed the photos and learning a bit more about the way we farm. The yields and numbers are really different depending on where you live, but that’s what it’s like for us. 🙂
Have you seen a field being harvested? Which photo was your favorite?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited in Lightroom.