Explore farm life. The machinery. The land. The people.
Here is my family in action at harvest time, which is usually September through November depending on the weather. Dad and my three brothers farm together, raising hogs, corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa hay. Their basic harvest operation includes two combines, a tractor and grain cart for catching on the go and two semi trucks for hauling the grain to a bin site or local elevator, and a tractor with a chisel plow or disc for tilling the ground after the crops are out.
I do my best to head back home every harvest – not that I’m needed in the field. It just happens to be my favorite time of the year. The fresh air, running equipment, working with my dad, giving my kids the chance to experience farm life. Oh yeah, and the best part…. Mom’s sack lunches. They are overfilled to keep us going during the long days in the field. As soon as the lunches are delivered, someone will get on the radio to let everyone know if we hit the jackpot, meaning she brought her homemade Molasses cookies. The perfect harvest cookie.
This year was Emma’s first harvest. She got to ride in the tractor with me – which was just as much an adventure for me as a new mom as it was for her! She took a ride in the combine with her Grandpa and rode shotgun with her Grandma in the semi truck. She also got to see the animals on the farm, got her first gator ride with her Uncle Seth and visited my Great Uncle Glenn’s pumpkin patch. Emma got to ride the combine with her Grandpa again. She also got to bake cookies and deliver lunches with her Grandma. Already getting so big! This was Darcy’s first harvest, also a first harvest for my little niece, Addi. While it appeared that the girls dominated the farm scene this year, it wasn’t exactly an accurate representation. The men folk were all over the background, and my little nephew Nate, though not pictured, definitely had his share in the field. At just 18 months old, he was already a miniature farmer with his cap, boots and bibs. One of his first words was “beans.” He’ll make his daddy proud.
Both my girls were old enough this year to come out with us and ride for a while. Each girl was able to take a turn riding with me in the tractor and with Grandpa in the combine. I think they enjoyed both, but I’m sure the combine ride won them over with the snacks their Grandpa kept sneaking them. I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for the streaks of chocolate covering their little faces.
This particular year was also my first year with a DSLR camera and boy, that was fun! We were able to digitally capture our first year of operating two combines simultaneously and running the combine during a beautiful harvest sunset.