Harvest Time!

Harvest is here and it is a very busy time on the farm. Everything's on hold until the crops are in. My main job during harvest time is making an endless supply of bag lunches. Don't laugh, it's an important role! For more than a week, the guys are out on the fields, chopping and trucking 16+ hours a day.  Thanks to Tropical Storm Irene, harvest is a lot more complicated this year. More on that later.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a short video of the corn chopper. We grow 400 acres of cow corn, which is chopped into small pieces. The entire plant -- stalk, leaves, husks, and ear -- is cut up and stored in a bunker, where it goes through a fermentation process, before becoming part of the cows' diet. The end product is called  corn silage.

In this video, I am riding alongside RM in a tractor, which is pulling a wagon. You can see the chopper next to us cutting the corn, then shooting it into the wagon behind us.

The chopper reminds me of one of the bad guys in the Transformer cartoons I watched as kid. Needless to say, harvest time is a real thrill for our nephews, who are totally ga-ga about tractors, especially tricked-out machinery like the chopper. They watch from afar, or if they are lucky, sometimes they get to ride alongside the adult drivers.

If you thought farm life is always quaint, charming, and serene, think again. This is a working farm, not a hobby farm!

Anonymous –  (June 14, 2012 at 3:04 PM)  

you have given me a reassuring hope and insight on how we are part of a plan that we don't know and a higher power has control of. after having a brain aneurism and stroke a year ago i had to quit working a 30 year career in casino gaming. i have had a lot of time to read, think, listen, to what life is all about. i heard your interview on knpr today. i'm pretty sure it was "for a reason". your courage to say yes to what was asked of you and go against what others thought would be best for you, tells me i can listen more closely to what my heart and God is tying to tell me. thank you, Alison. shelley bennett- las vegas

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