A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

I Finally Got to Watch It Happen


When I returned from my tour of the park a tremendous amount of chaos was taking place in the neighboring cornfield behind us.  The farmer was harvesting his corn.

This thing was huge and quite intimidating looking coming straight at me.
These machines cost up to $400,000.

Two roller things were channeling the cuttings towards the center of the trough. 

From there magic takes place inside the monster machine.
I watched a couple YouTube videos that explained and showed how these harvesters work.
Absolutely fascinating.  I sat there shaking my head in wonderment.

Everything not corn kernels is pulverized and spewed out the rear end. 

How does that machine take this ear of corn...

...and do this to it?  Simply amazing!

Depending on current corn prices an acre can yield one thousand dollars worth of corn.

The farmer had cleared this part of his cornfield by the end of the day in time for supper.  We left our camp the next day traveling through immense cornfields yet to be harvested. Corn covered the landscape on both sides of the highways for as far as I could see in the distance.  It is mind boggling to think of how much time, fuel, work it would be to clear all those cornfields and the mountains of corn kernels that would end up as a result.  It just seemed to me that there would not be enough time before winter set in to get the job done clearing the staggering amount of cornfield acreage (or square miles).  
 Praise to the farmers.   

As we drove south I saw cornfields, harvested or unharvested, having these fresh plantings of corn along the border of the field close to the highway.  The corn plant would be only three feet high, green, with a thick lush rusty colored tassel at the top.  The planting would be only the width of a seed spreader.  I thought this odd.  It took me many miles before it dawned on me what I was seeing.  This late planting was to establish another form of snow barrier, something I learned from one of you (sorry, I forgot who) that explained it to me after researching it.

What a nice campground, now all to ourselves.  We stayed for three days, making up for the lost day spent in Shady Acre.  But sadly we had to get going. 
The weather was changing.  This would be our last day with temperatures over 80 degrees (34 c).
By the end of the week (as you read this) it would be a high of only 55 degrees (14 c).
Hopefully in Kansas we can find eighty degrees once again.

- comment replies -
Several of you have mentioned how they look forward to my post each morning, the first thing they do with their morning cup of coffee.  Thank you.  I just want to express that it is the same way with me in that I look forward to the comments from you a post brings.  I appreciate each and every one of them.


Sandi, we are on the road full time since the beginning of 2017, and it is indeed a great life.


Barbara R. said...

That's so great to hear you've had 5 years of on the road. What do you do if the motor home part of your life needs garage work done? I remember when living in a camper, we camped out the night before the work in the parking lot, with a great extension cord attached so we could use the electric blanket. El Paso at Penney's garage where they knew how to work on the van's electrical system, which included two batteries powered by the engine's motor. It was below freezing that night.

Debby said...

You see more of this country than any of your commenters will ever see. I am grateful that you take us along.

RedPat said...

read your adventures every morning but don't comment very often. I do so enjoy your stories.

Ellen D. said...

Amazing corn harvesting! Thanks for explaining that! I had no idea!

Sandi said...


sparklingmerlot said...

I never knew they stripped the ears at the time of harvest. I assumed it would have been done elsewhere. What do they use the corn for? Surely not food.

Heidi said...

I enjoy reading about your adventures and your delight when you see or learn something new.