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Nature's Seasonal Moods
Harvest Time


© Gerald Rowles 2008-2013
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Harvest time on the farm is a race against nature's moods - from rain to the first hard winter frost. The giant (and not so giant) Combines sweep across the tan and gold fields plucking the dried beans and corn, leaving behind a fine mulch to nourish and replenish for next year.


Rain is in the forecast for Saturday, so throughout the day Friday and into the night the race to get the beans harvested is on.

A Threatening Sky at Twilight as the Harvesters Reap the Fields - Polk Co. A Threatening Sky at Twilight as the Harvesters Reap the Fields - Polk Co. A Threatening Sky at Twilight as the Harvesters Reap the Fields - Polk Co.
A Threatening Sky at Twilight as the Harvesters Reap the Fields - Polk Co. A Threatening Sky at Twilight as the Harvesters Reap the Fields - Polk Co. A Threatening Sky at Twilight as the Harvesters Reap the Fields - Polk Co.

Riding the Modern Combine - An Excellent Adventure
Unless you have had or are having the good fortune to grow up on the farm, you prtobably will not have a chance to ride the great Pachyderm of the plains. While photographing one of Iowa's prettiest farms it was my good fortune to connect with Steve Zahnd and for him to offer that ride.


There it stood 15 ft high, 360 horsepower, 8 row corn header, ready for the day's work.

Climbing the 7 ft ladder into the cab, we headed out to the fields, with what looked like a ballistic missile display in the lead.

The top of the operators information center includes GPS location and graphics as well as cumulative harvest stats. And then there's all those climate controls.

The operator's command center with its joy stick and information screen tells the combine how fast, what gear, header height and much more. A Gamer's delight!

As we entered the field, I was momentarily ruffled by the visual effect of moving over the tops of corn as high as an elephant's eye. And we were moving as quietly and smoothly as being in a luxury sedan on the highway.

It's mesmerizing to watch the stalks disappear into the maw of the machine, and more amazing still to see perfectly cut and husked corn before entering the threshing steps beneath and behind the cab.

A combination of operator skill and technical advancements never let the outside edge of the header get out of line with the row.

Steve was smiling as the instant computer yield information turned out higher than expected.

Now we were at the end of the first row as Steve expertly lined us up for the return trip.

And there we were again, sailing across the tall tops at 3.3 mph toward the waiting grain cart.

A new sight looking out across the entry steps and into the rearview mirror seeing the resulting chaff being widely spread.

Just two rows harvested and in about two minutes 400 bushels of pure gold are dropped into the waiting cart.
Recommendation: Skip Disneyland and ask a farmer to let you Ride the Combine, especially during corn harvest - it's awesome.

On Collins Ridge Rd, the Collins Family Is Harvesting 65% Moisture Corn for Winter Sileage On Terrace and Flats Good Timing, At the End Of the Row the Trailer Is Full

When That Mean-Looking Chopper Comes Out Of the Row, Stand Back


Harvest Dawn 2010 - Gun Club Rd. - Dubuque Co. September 2010 Rolling Harvest - Polk Co.

September 2010 Rolling Harvest - Polk Co.

Mid-October Teamwork 2010 - New Vienna Rd. - Dubuque Co.

Mid-October Teamwork 2010 - New Vienna Rd. - Dubuque Co. Mid-October Teamwork 2010 - New Vienna Rd. - Dubuque Co.

October '08 - Hwy 3, Holmes, IA - Wright Co.


October '08 - Hwy 3, Holmes, IA - Wright Co.
Happy Harvest 2008 - Highlandville, IA - Winneshiek Co.

October '08 - Hwy 3, Holmes, IA - Wright Co.

October '08 -Crystal Lake - Hancock Co.

October '08 - Hwy 3, Holmes, IA - Wright Co.
Sunset Harvest, December 2009, Polk Co.

Sunset Harvest, December 2009, Polk Co.

Sunset Harvest, December 2009, Polk Co.
Clayton Co. Bean Harvest 2008 - Luana, IA

The Tall Stump at the Field's Edge - Great River Rd. - Clayton Co. 2010

Clayton Co. Bean Harvest 2008 - Luana, IA

Harper's Ferry Valley - Oct 08 - Allamakee Co.

Clayton Co. Bean Harvest 2008 - Luana, IA

Foremost Farms - Hwy 9 - Winneshiek Co.

December Snow 2008 - Better Finish Up - Polk Co.

Preparing the Fields For Next Year - Jasper Co. 2009

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