Thursday, November 14, 2013

Harvest Time

We're in that time of the year when it's down to the wire and the crops need to be brought in from the fields. The leaves have changed, the animals are all getting fatter and the frost is on the pumpkin.

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Getting ready to take off the soybean harvester and put on the corn picker.

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Fields of soybeans.

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Using his John Deere Sidehill 9560 combine this farmer is able to haul 330 bushels of corn before transferring it to a truck to haul it to storage.

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The 20 foot tall combine is dwarfed by a 200 foot tall wind turbine.

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Modern combines are mostly computer operated and can tell the farmer how much moisture is in an ear of corn and give him GPS coordinates so that he may harvest the field in the most economic way.

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Back in the old days this was known as the Kittanning Trail, used by the Native Americans to transverse this section of the Pennsylvania mountains between what is now known as Altoona and Kittaning , PA.  The trail runs through our family property and is known to us as "The Road Home".

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After the corn is picked this farmer uses a brush hog to cut the stalks down to the nubs. 

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Unlike the farmer in the earlier photographs, this guy is harvesting whole ear corn just like the stuff that city folks buy at places like Walmart to feed their squirrels.

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Larix laricina : aka American Larch or Tamarack

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Horses in a pasture along Route 403 near Strongstown, PA.

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A model

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Make me a star.

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A farm pond along the road near Harmony Grange.

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Sheep on an Amish farm in Sylvis, PA

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Case International 4894 tractor hitched to a Killbros 1400 grain cart.

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A John Deere 9510 Maximizer with an 18 foot flex grain head for harvesting soybeans.  Take my word for it this the dirtiest and dustiest crop to bring in once it gets dry enough to pick.

A new addition to the neighborhood are these steers.
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Tussock Moth Caterpillar crawling on some rocks on the deck.

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Frost on the windshield.

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