|Dry pinto beans, ready for harvest.|
|Brent explaining pod width.|
So, the Pinto bean harvest has come and gone and the soybean harvest will finish tomorrow; corn harvest starts on Sunday. From what I hear, all these harvests are about two weeks ahead of the normal season. All the heat and drought has advanced things just a bit. It's good, I suppose, though there is fear that NoDak is at the beginning of a 4-year drought cycle and that has everyone nervous.
Anyway, a week or so ago, I get a text from Brent asking if I want to see the harvest. I do, I tell him, but I've got online work to do - editing, writing, tweets, invoicing and such, stuff I resent when it's a beautiful day and I can hear the tractors rumble all around me.
|Jeff and Brent.|
|The 'teeth' of the combine.|
|Beans going through the combine.|
|Bean shells getting spit out the back, minus beans.|
|Adjacent field - still too much green.|
|Beans on the left - too small, discolored.|
|Beans on the right - too big, prone to cracking.|
|Bean dump in the grain truck.|
|Eldean, dropping off home-baked bread.|
It's official: I'm spoiled.