Monday, March 25, 2013

Harvest time

According to the calendar today was the precisely correct day for harvesting the maize.  Unfortunately, the weather has a huge impact on the health of crops and today was actually about three weeks too late.  The maize was well past its best, about three weeks past.  

But the harvesting guys couldn't come until today - farmers have to roll with the punches.


You can see how the maize dries off from the bottom of the plant.  But there was still a little green left in this crop.  Which is surprising when you see the paddock next to it.




The second paddock cut is at the back of my house and I've been watching it go more brown each day.  I'm glad it's now all harvested.


But the thrid paddock to be cut was worse.


There's not much green in that stack, is there?  It was light and fluffy and watching Danny rolling it gave me the heeby jeebys.


About the only thing that seemed the same as any other year were the tyres, standing around waiting to be called to duty to hold the cover on the stack.

7 comments:

  1. That looks pretty grim but it could be worse. Harvest here last year was a matter of too much water.
    About time we learn't to distribute weather more fairly.
    Can you imagine the day when water is more expensive than oil. I forget bottled water already is.
    I hope it is not too disastrous.

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  2. That certainly looks dry. Farmers really are the risk taker for all of us - too wet, too dry and too rarely 'just right'. I'm glad it's all in now!

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  3. This planet needs to figure out how to even out the precipitation.

    Nice photos.

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  4. Ouch. That hurts. I hope the losses aren't too great financially but that third crop looked disasterous.

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  6. Hello Pauline,

    Thanks for sharing the farm work, hope those cows appreciate all the hard work.

    Happy days.
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