It's harvest time all over the United States. Harvest is an exciting time in every farming community. It is the culmination of the farmer's entire year's work. It is when he learns how well his or her plans and methods worked. It is when the farmer receives his paycheck, and hopefully he will have enough to pay his production expenses and be able to care for his family for the coming year.
|A deer leaps across a ripened field of wheat.|
Photo taken by Wade Lindquist at Bald Butte Ranch.
Harvest is an intense time for farmers and their families. There are long days of work. There is not a minute for anything else - nothing else happens during harvest-time. It's also a dangerous time for farmers; they're tired and stressed to the max. They're frequently sleep deprived. The weather may not cooperate; everything may be ruined by wind or rain coming at just the wrong time. And, even though they may have maintained and repaired their machinery properly, they may still have equipment breakdowns, right in the middle of long harvest days.
|Grain trucks ready to go.|
Photo from Todd Strader, T & H Farms.
Many farmers have just one combine, and harvest their own fields. In other cases, they may share the work with other family members; their fathers, brothers, inlaws or their neighbors. There may sometimes be more than one combine harvesting one field at a time.
|Pumping the wheat kernels from the combine into the grain truck. |
Note the two trucks behind, waiting to be filled.
The wheat will be hauled to the grainery where it will
be sold for breads, pastries and noodles, all over the world!
|Three combines at work to bring in the harvest.|
That's Todd Strader walking in his wheat field
|Combines and tractors, all lined up for a|
"Harvest is finally over" photo.
Taken on the Todd Strader Farm.
I think this is an especially beautiful picture, what with the sky and all.
After a long, intense couple of months, the farmer has all his crops into the grainery. Then he begins planning for next year!
EAT MORE WHEAT AND THANK A FARMER.