This was a great week for harvesting grain and farmers were out in force across the countryside. Yesterday I saw a dozen combines in fields between Oslo, Minn., and East Grand Forks when I was reporting on a story, and on my way home after work to our farm near Larimore, I saw several more.
Three combines in a field was a common sight. They can really eat up a field quickly and we passed several with only straw and stubble left on them. Some of the fields already were being chisel-plowed. The efficiency of agriculture and the speed at which farmers can complete their work these days amazes me. They can do in a day what it took four or five to do when I was growing up on the farm.
One of the fun parts of being a reporter is the opportunity to get out of the office and talk to people. I had a great morning on Thursday when I got to ride in two combines while working on a harvest story for the Herald. One farmer was combining wheat and the other was combining barley. I rode a round with each of them and talked to them about this year’s crops.
Riding in the combine brings back a lot of memories of harvest at our house when I was growing up. I not ony rode in combines, but also on swathers and in grain trucks with my dad and brothers.
Harvest is the culmination of a season of hard work and I’m glad I got to be part of it growing up and that I still get a chance now and then to get a close-up look at it.