Sunday, September 30, 2007

Harvest Has Begun

~Never relax! It's only your tension that's holding you together.~

We've begun harvest which I shall use as an excuse for not stopping by your blog as oft as I should. Also county business has seen a bit more activity than normal. On that regard let me just say that if you're having trouble with attendance at county board meetings you need only have someone apply to put in a large hog confinement.
The final outcome of that wasn't as it should have been but board chairmen don't vote. If you begin disallowing certain farming practices in areas zoned for that purpose then it's hard to see where this might lead.
We've been picking corn. The corn we've been in was blown over by a late season wind. It makes for plenty of tension if you're the one running the combine. (I only run the combine on days when Nebraska is playing at home. My operator has season tickets.) The combine is moving forward whilst the crop appears to be coming toward you and also to the side. That sideways movement can get confusing and dizzying. It's also difficult to remain 'on the row.'
Normally the soybeans are harvested first but it's been very wet here. The beans themselves are dry enough but the head on the combine must slide or glide along the ground and it's the ground that hasn't been dry enough. We're going to give it a go today.

10 comments:

Flip Flop Goddess said...

Well, I suppose this is as good as an excuse as any..

Good luck getting all this done..

It could snow anyday now ya no?

Jim said...

I'm with you Cliff, on that hog confinement. I think I could have voted if I came up, at least a half-vote. Call me and sis next time you need us.

No use restricting land use any worse than that zoning does.
In Texas we have hardly any zoning, not even in most cities and towns.
If we don't want something done we use deed restrictions. Otherwise it is live and let live.

Well, check in your guns as you go into the saloon.
..

Jamie Dawn said...

I hope all the corns and soybeans behave.

I had no idea one could get seasick operating a combine.

Happy harvesting!!

Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Cliff
Thanks for the chat earlier this evening. Sounds like things are going okay.
Like I said, without the hog confinement - I doubt if I'll be able to move to Tekamah. No winter work. Too bad - I have experience with feeder pigs. Perhaps a blog sometime about that.
Ralph

Gette said...

Oof. Nasty business, that. There's one going up in the next twp over. Yikes.

Paul said...

Well, I hope it all goes well for you.

Rachel said...

Good luck with the harvest Cliff. I didn't know you could get confused and dizzy out there. I mean...no more than usual that is! Do be careful.

nora said...

Good luck on both counts -- beans and corn.

You're right, there is nothing like hog confinement and the such to bring the folks out.

Hummm, ham sandwiches.

Lee said...

Your post reminds me of a weekend when I was about 13 or 14, Cliff. Together with another friend, we went out to the grandparents' farm of another girlfriend to pick corn one Saturday. By the end of the day, we all look like ghosts...from the corn dust!

Cheyenne said...

Happy Harvesting!