Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Combines Run Until the Bean Pods Get Tough - Harvest is on!


Except for the days with rain this last week, the combines have been humming from dew dry in the morning until dew drop at night.  What? Soybeans have pods, when the dried pods get damp they get tough. Tough pods either won't shell or get all gummed up in the grain table. When that happens, the beans end up on the field instead of in the combine hopper.  True. So when harvesting beans, it seems that the farmers get to work late and then they run late to make up for it.  That is not what is going on. Farmers farm when the time is right and every second of that.  Wait until corn, then the combines can usually run 24 hours, and sometimes they do.

Mary wrote more about Harvest on her Farmhouse Window Blog -- click here to read more

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