Friday, January 28, 2011

Loading Out Corn

The Farmer sold the corn recently--our first crop of certified organic corn. It will be feed for cows at an organic dairy farm.

Storage bins are very dangerous situations. You don't EVER want to get in a full grain bin as it's emptying. As the grain empties out the bottom of the bin, you will likely get sucked down, buried by grain, crushed and suffocated.

But once you can feel the bin floor, it's safe to go in. The last little bit of corn needs guidance toward the hopper in the center of the floor.

The orange/pink stain in the snow is bees-wings, a type of corn chaff. The corn is loaded into the truck using a small auger.

Full yet? Almost...

Just two truck loads of corn--that's all we harvested. But it's a start!


  1. I love the organic corn that y'all grow. It is such a bright pretty yellow. I simply love it.


  2. What a great milestone for your farm!

  3. Congratulations on your tow truckloads! What a great start!!!

    Farming can be such a dangerous profession. I didn't used to be aware of that, but it's true.

  4. very interesting, thanks for sharing this!

  5. Thanks for all the kind words, folks. I just googled "dangerous jobs" and found that in 2008 Forbes ranked farming and ranching the No. 5 most dangerous job. So there are worse, Susan, but farming is on the list. Good to keep your brain in the "on" position, no matter what your job is.

  6. How wonderful that you grow organic corn! I remember--when we lived in the Thumb of Michigan--we were always warned not to fall into silos. I can remember hearing stories of people who died in them. Scary.


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