Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bread Basket of Canada

Ever wonder where your daily bread comes from? 
It comes from hard working farmers.  I took this picture from my front yard at 5:30 pm this evening.  They will most likely go all night until this field is done.  What a wonderful piece of technology The Combine.  It allows the farmer to make one pass through the field - cuts the grain, sorts it (separating the wheat from the chaff). 

Here is Wiki's definition. 

"The combine harvester, or simply combine, is a machine that harvests grain crops. The objective is to complete three processes, which used to be distinct, in one pass of the machine over a particular part of the field. Among the crops harvested with a combine are wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn (maize), soybeans, and flax (linseed). The waste straw left behind on the field is the remaining dried stems and leaves of the crop with limited nutrients which is either chopped and spread on the field or baled for feed and bedding for livestock."

This piece of machinery is extremely expensive.  Imagine if this technology was not available...

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