Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wheat Harvest & My Trip to the Elevator


I want to share with you that we had a wonderful early wheat harvest last month.  There has been so much going on that I didn't have the time to post about it.


Dean's job is to combine the wheat and mine is to take it to the elevator.



My first stop is at the elevator stop light.  I wait while they take samples with a large probe.


The next stop is on the scales.  You want to keep the truck in between the yellow sides.  I have never heard of anyone getting off the edge and I don't want to be the first!

I sit and wait for the smiling lady to give me a slip telling me whether I should go to dump 1, 2, or 3.



I slowly drive off the scales and turn to the left.  The weight of the wheat will push the truck in directions that I don't want if I'm not careful.  
Below is the Dump that I will be dumping into today.



The grain is very dusty while it's being dumped and I keep my windows closed!  
It doesn't take long for a hopper wagon to empty.  Today's grain is being sold and we will be receiving a deposit in our checking account.  Farmer's only receive a few checks a year so we have to watch how we spend our money.  
Usually our farm expenses are slightly over half of what we make.  
The elevator will store the wheat until they sell it and it will be moved out by railroad or semi.

 

I have to get weighted again and this time I receive a weight slip with information on grain damage, weights, and prices.  I point the truck homeward bound.  This year I visited the elevator six times!


Above is a beautiful quilt that a friend from my quilt club showed at last month's meeting.

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

3 comments:

shez said...

hi Kaylynne that was all very interesting with the grain,hope you get a great big pay check.xx

Gra said...

I am glad you did so well on the wheat harvest!!! Thanks for showing us "the road" of the wheat once it leaves the farm. So interesting.

Needled Mom said...

I am familiar with the elevator process. ;-} Glad that you guys had a good and safe harvest.

The quilt does look pretty.