Thursday, August 21, 2008

Combining oats....

Here is part one of the post about combining oats. I dont know how many posts it will take me to get through the process, but I hope you are all willing to at least come along for the ride! I am going to start at the begining, since thats the normal place to begin.... the begining.... I think all the chocolate I am not having is affecting my brain....

Here is a picture of one of our oats fields, its next to one of our hay fields and corn fields....


I am not real good, I stink in fact, with this camera.... I want to be able to zoom into some of these pictures so that I can show you the detail of it, but its not working for me. I guess I better read the manual huh - yup I better...
This is a picture of oats that are ready to be harvested. They are a golden color and are 'headed out' - which means the oats have formed and are hanging off of the stalk. I think this is a beautiful color, but I am partial because it remeinds me of butter, I have a thing for butter.

This is a picture of the combine that we use to harvest the oats. Its OLD by todays standards, its from the 50's. But it works great for the oats and my father in law is the one who drives it. He just turned 74 on Tuesday and he works as hard as he did at 40. Notice how dirty his cloths are? That is from 1 DAY working in the oats field. They are SO dirty to work with because they are dusty like nothing else. I am going to get a picture of the 'cleanings' as I call them. That will show you how much dirt and dust there is in this process.


This is a picture of the cab, where you operate this hunk of tin. It has lots of foot pedals because you have to be able to move 'reel', 'sickle', and the feeding auger all at the same time, plus stop and go. I get a headache thinking about all that goes into driveing this thing. If you look close at this picture you can see a plastic gunny sack haning to the right of the door. That is where the cleanings come out - I will get a picture of that I promise.


This is the same picture as before, but I want to show you what the 'reel' is. The 'head' of the combine consists of the reel, sickle, feeding auger... are you taking notes? There will be a quiz later... *snort snort* sorry, just kidding.


The reel pushs the oat stalks up against the sickle. This is the sickle:

The sickle has TONS of little teeth and moves left to right cutting the oat stalks and then the feeding auger grabs them and takes them into the the screens that seperate the stalk from the seed. I could not get pictures of the screens because the gaurds were shut because the machine was running. I will see if I can get pictures of that a bit later. This is a picture of the feeding auger:


After it goes into the feeding auger, through the seperateing screens the oats and straw come out in seperate places. The oats goes into the 'hopper' on top of the combine. This is a picture of that:

Who's bored yet? Anyone, I can stop here if ya want me to??
Anyone, anyone, Bueller, Bueller??
This is the unloading auger, it takes the combined oats and unloads them into the gravity box.



These are pictures of the gravity box.



Lispy is clothing challenged. Its a challenge to keep clothing on him - he is proud of his body and wants everyone to know it. So unlike Big Son...
This is the back of the combine - this is where the straw comes out and is lain back on the field in a row.


This is the straw - we bale this for bedding for the cattle...


Well, thats it for the first post. I hope I have not bored you all to death with this. Please ask me questions so I can explain details that I might overlook. I would love to explain things to you all.

My favorite part of oats is rolling in the loose straw.... need I say more.. probably not!

17 comments:

goatgirl said...

Not bored at all. I lust for a real farm and you are just feeding it.
Lispy is just trying out a new style of farming. Who needs clothes covering up that great underware?

goatgirl said...

or is it underwear....yep it's underwear

Latigo Liz said...

Way cool. My son is going to want a combine if I show him these pictures. He’s already got a long list of things we need to add to our arsenal to use on our John Deere 4610. He’s going to be 5 in September and when asked what he wants to be when he grows up...a farmer, just like mommy and daddy. Unfortunately, we aren’t “real” farmers. At least not yet!

Mrs Mom said...

OH WOW Heidi!! We have GOT to be related for sure here. First, look at Lispy. And then Look at my Wrecking Crew!! Cant keep clothes on either one of them! LOL

Second-- freshly mown straw and rolling...hehe... wait-- I bet thats when Milk Man uses one of his famous questions on you too! ;)

Great informative post for real here. I love learning more about your farm life!

Hugs to you, and all the boys!!!

Living on the Spit said...

That little tushy on the gravity box was adorable!!! This was really interesting and I learned something new today. Can't wait for more!!!

50s Housewife said...

"clothing challenged" Too funny! I think my boys all went through that stage at least for a bit. :)

Suzanne said...

Thank you. That was very interesting. I've always wanted to drive a combine, but I think that would be a dangerous endeavor. I'm glad to know how everything is separated and kept in it's place and now I know that's called a gravity box.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife, who doesn't have a combine.

COFFEE MAN said...

very nice shots , im impressed with the farm , the combines , the crops , the kids , but mostly , and i do mean mostly impressed with the fact she remembered to take the lens cap off !! ROFL

Heide said...

I remember riding on a combine during a wheat harvest back in south eastern Montana during the summer of 1977. I have no idea how old the machine was or how it was configured, but it looked very similar to this and perusing your photos brought me back in time. I remember the tons and tons of grasshoppers that were sucked up into the grain hopper (hmm, maybe that's why it's called a hopper) and the mountains of wheat being unloaded in the warehouses.

Karen Deborah said...

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Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Another Heidi! Too cool. This was very enlightening to me, a city girl. I've looked at Asian buildings so long I've forgotten what grass looks like.

Jimmy said...

I went to an old engine show this weekend that did all of this with horses, Avery steam tractors and man power. However same process thanks. Keep up the great work.

Freth :0p said...

What happened to the cleanings foto ... ?

Inside that plastic bag hanging on the side of the combine ...

spanki said...

i can just smell the hay! i have been looking for a fresh round bale to take pics of my kids on and haven't been able to find one! i might have to stop by! by the way, i passed an award your direction over on my blog!

Karen Deborah said...

I love Lispy, he's so cute. Ya'll are livin the life, I'm so jealous. Your very smart you know, there's a lot to this farming thing. Time for some new picchas of Milk Dude. They are so cute when they are milk drunk.

Train Wreck said...

Well look at you! Multi talented and Knowledgable! LOL! Well at least your little fella had his drawers on!! I had to watch my little nudists!

I am Boymom said...

My Little Man is like Lispy...going on 7 and LOVES him some "Nakey Time." I thought he'd outgrow it, but it's not looking like it's gonna go away anytime soon. Love the pics and congrats on Milk Dud! I am adding you to my Boy Stop Blog!! 5 boys! AAUUGGHHH!!! You are much stronger than I am!