My Generation

Corn Scene

Corn wraps up at our place, and we take a photographic look back at the 2010 harvest.

Corn harvest on the Spangler farm has officially come to an end, and I suspect the same is true or nearly true for many of you. Illinois Ag Statistics Service put the harvest at 57% complete as of this past Monday and given this week's lovely weather, that number has likely jumped considerably. Their numbers also show this to be the earliest/fastest harvest in the past 10 years. Only 2007 came close, with 52% harvested by this date. And last year? 2%. That's about right.

So with this one in the books and the focus now turning to soybeans, I thought I'd share a few photos from the 2010 corn harvest.

First off, my co-pilot. My youngest road with me in the semi for part of a day, and she was a riot. Here she is eating her peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If this doesn't make you smile, I just don't know what will.

I love a good tassel picture.

 Fairly indicative of yields. Smaller kernels, not filled to the end. Pretty well explains a lot.

Done with Mom for a bit, our littlest heads to the combine for her first solo ride (sans Mom).

She's really not picking her nose here, and she really was more excited than she appears. Thinking I should have taken this AFTER Grandpa shared his candy stash with her.

Gratuitous fence post photo. I'm sorry. I was waiting. I was bored.

Bored again, apparently, but this time while dumping.

Not bored here! Waiting again, but this time to see whether the weather would turn against us. The storm danced around us, and we plowed on.

Despite lower yields, it's been a good year. It's been fast, since there's less crop out there. But it's been good. We've eaten a lot of meals in the field (but not with the camera handy, apparently). We've trucked a lot of grain. And now we're done. Bring on the beans.

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