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Gathering in the Harvest

October 30, 2013

Bean harvest 
 by Norma Dittman
by Norma Dittman
Bean harvest
Corn Harvest 
 Fulda Free Press/Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press/Norma Dittman
Corn Harvest
By Norma Dittman
Dedicated farmers and workers in the Fulda area are continuing the harvest of this yearís soybean and corn crops. Most fields of soybeans have disappeared from the landscape while thousands of acres of corn are still standing. At Farmerís Coop Society (FCS) in Lime Creek, a huge pile of thousands of bushels of soybeans is peaked toward the fall-colored sky. Another huge pile of corn is being aereated with large air pipes placed at its base. As tractors and wagons pull up to unload, an FCS employee greets the driver and prepares to empty the load. It takes only a few minutes for an entire wagon of grain to top the other bushels on the huge corn pile. Many area farmers are choosing to bale not only corn stalk stubble, but also soybean stubble. Once the baling is completed, bales are transported to a location on the field where they can be loaded onto a trailer and hauled to winter storage. Watching the combines and seeing the piles of grain, some major thoughts occur about the number of people that it takes to bring in the harvest as well as the number of people and animals that can be fed by the processing of that grain, and how many plants could grow if all of those seeds could be planted next spring. Happy Harvest!


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