“Soilbeans” (aka soybeans) are not so fun to harvest. They are a ticky (particular)! Since this crop draws moisture, it’s very difficult to combine in the morning and later on in the evening…….just kinda depends on the weather and the humidity each day. Corn, on the other hand, isn’t particular once the moisture content gets within a normal range.
Soilbeans, as some of the grandchildren have called them, are a very dusty crop to harvest. That dust can cause a lot of problems within our family. For one thing, it causes all of us to be itchy, so we do our best to stay out of it. But more unfortunate is the fact that several of our family members are allergic to soybeans. Therefore, they can’t go to the field for a combine or tractor or truck ride. They can’t even pull into the field in the car as the dust might sift in. Their eyes swell, their bodies itch and they get all stuffed up. Then they have to take some yucky medicine which causes them to not be themselves. So……they wait for the corn harvest.
Right now the weather man is calling for many more days of dry weather which means the men will be going in high gear and staying out as late as the beans will let them harvest and the Coops will stay open for their storage. We pray for their safety and for wisdom while they are working fast and furiously to get this precious crop harvested in good weather.
Ava and I took lunch to the field where Grandpa and Daddy were combining it the same field. Ava hopped in with her daddy and I hopped in with my hubby to have an enjoyable lunch in the buddy seat. They don’t stop for lunch, by the way. 🙂
I’m waiting for a phone call from Ava to tell me to come pick her up. She’s been with Daddy learning how to run that big green machine for well over an hour. Doubt if she’s getting tired of it. Actually, it’s fun. It’s like a little tiny camper with radio, air conditioning, cooler, CB sounds and a huge picture window. Most of all, the one-on-one time is precious!!! This big machine gathers the beans in, then it spits them out through an auger into a large grain cart hooked onto a tractor. Once the cart is filled, the driver delivers the beans to a semi-truck waiting on or by the road. The cart also has an auger which moves frontward and backwards to fill up the grain trailer. There really is no monotony as the men have to be on alert to do their many tasks. The men are “in conference”, as you can see. The chocolate chip cookies they just received are helping them with decision making. 🙂
Better go wash my face and hands. I feel some itchiness coming on. There’s that phone ringing. Bet it’s time to scoop up that little girl from the buddy seat (with a seatbelt,of course!) and bring her to Grandma’s house.