Harvesting wheat to feed the world.
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a Palouse wheat farmer is driving his huge John Deere combine
to harvest his 2013 crop to be delivered and sold at the local coop elevator.
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For inquiring mind who want to know.
These machines cut a thirty foot wide swath.
The wheat is cut a few inches above the ground,
then moved by an auger to the center, behind the pickup wheel where it gets fed into the feeder house
and into the combine between the cylinder and the concave where the wheat is actually threshed out.
The straw flows up over the cylinder and the concave to the walkers,
five steps that move to shake out or separate the berries from the chaff.
The berries and chaff fall out
and are carried by an auger to a chute
where a powerful fan blows through a sieve to finish the separation process.
The wheat is then carried to a storage chamber for offloading to farm trucks
and the chaff is blown back out onto the ground
by a spreader in the rear of the machine.
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One thing that surprised me was the sound.
These combines sounded (to my ear) like a giant vacuum cleaner, a diesel engine and a small jet engine rolled into one.
That surprised me.
I can see why a farmer would want to be in an enclosed cab
(beyond the comfort of AC)
to escape the noise.
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Today is bid day.
I bid my coming school year bus route and bus,
our school district assigns routes and buses by driver seniority.
This year I’m #26 out of about 95 drivers.
I’m thankful to be back at work
and look forward with anticipation to a good year with the students
I transport back and forth
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‘RURALITY BLOG HOP’ #29
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