The sun has set on our first soybean crop.
As of two weeks ago, our fields are empty, so it’s time for the final report of the year.
At last report, the soybeans were just turning gold. By harvest time, there was no trace of green or gold left, except in the trees along the border.
The plants dropped all their leaves and the beans dried.
They no longer looked like edamame and they tasted a bit like peanuts.
And they sounded like rattles. I’m not sure if their sniffiness changed, but Baxter apparently liked the sound of them or the feel of them against his face… or something. Every field walk he insisted on walking through the plants.
I found the harvest part very interesting, so brace yourself for lots of photos.
The main piece of equipment is the combine.
This thing is massive.
I would not want to be a soybean.
From the combine the beans go into a trailer.
Again the scale is massive. The tires on this trailer are over 5 feet in diameter.
The trailer full of beans is relayed to a big truck for transport. (For scale, there’s a person standing on top of the truck behind the chute).
All that’s left are the dry stalks, husks and a few stray pods.
As of last weekend, the stalks got a light dusting of snow. Yes, already.
And so concludes our first season of soybeans.
Who else has had snow already? Is the harvest done where you live? Does anyone else find the harvest process fascinating? Are you as easily impressed as I am by farming equipment?