Behind our back yard there is a large farm land. Every other year the farmer plants corn or beans. This year was the corn's turn.
These are not your edible kind of corn, unless you want to break your teeth. These are what is called field/feed corn.
Field corn is the classic big ears of yellow dented corn you see dried and harvested in the fall. In fact, it’s sometime called “dent corn” because of the distinctive dent that forms on the kernel as the corn dries.
Field corn has dozens of uses, but it is most commonly fed to animals or used to make renewable fuels like ethanol to power our cars and trucks. But only part of the kernel is used for ethanol (the starch), the rest of the kernel, including the protein and fat, are then used to make another popular animal feed known as distillers grains.
Yesterday was THE DAY to harvest the corn.
The chaser bin arrived at the same time as the combine. That's when I knew it was time to close all the windows and doors leading outside.
As the combine reaped through the corn, the chaser bin followed.
The corn is reaped and then threshed by the combine while the chaser waits patiently and then starts the winnowing.....
The process continues until the chaser bin is completely full.
The chaser bin drives off in order to deposit the corn in a storage bin, while the combine continues harvesting.
In a matter of hours, the field that was totally covered with tall standing corn stalks becomes a flat land covered with dried out stalks/corn material.
The corn material is left on the ground to protect the soil from erosion, until next Spring when the planting season starts.