Harvest 2014 Part 3: MCGA Agvocate shares harvest stories and photos

Taylor Broderius

Taylor Broderius

Taylor Broderius attends the University of Minnesota and is a Minnesota Corn Growers Association Agvocate. Taylor grew up on a farm in Hector, Minn., helping his family raise corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and peas.

Every weekend during harvest season, Taylor returns home to help with harvest. In addition to all the work Taylor puts in on the farm, he will be providing MinnesotaCornerstone.com with stories and photos on how this year’s harvest is going. This is part 2 of that ongoing series.

If you’re a farmer, it’s a great way to check out how harvest is shaping up for a fellow farmer in a different part of the state. If you’re not a farmer, Taylor’s work will hopefully give you a better understanding of all the work farmers put in during harvest season to provide, safe, healthy and affordable food for a growing world population.

Here is Taylor’s final harvest 2014 submission:

Headed to the elevator
This last Friday afternoon, the Broderius family ended its 2014 harvest. We picked our last 12 rows of corn a little after dinner time on Friday. This last field of corn had a moisture percentage of anywhere from 18-21 on average. We decided to haul most of the corn from this field to our local elevator in Hector, Minn., because we did not want to store anymore at our home grain site. It is a great feeling to know that harvest is over. Overall, it was an excellent fall for harvest in our area.

Trailer of Corn

This trailer of corn was hauled from the Broderius farm to the local elevator in Hector, Minn.

Cone-shaped corn
Saturday, my dad and I found ourselves cleaning up around our bin site at our farm. One of the steps in doing this is leveling the corn in the bins. In this picture, you can see that the corn in the bin is fairly level. This picture was taken after my dad and I climbed up to the top of the bin, squeezed inside with shovels, and manually leveled the corn. Before we had done this, there was a cone like peak of corn inside the bin. The reason we level our bins is because in a corn bin, heat travels to the highest point in the bin. In doing this, you prevent heat from concentrating on one spot in the corn and hopefully reduce the amount of corn that rots from excessive heat.

Corn Bin

The corn in this bin on the Broderius farm is now level.

Pulling the Case IH 870 DMI
Now that harvest is over for us, tillage is on our minds. I found myself on Saturday night pulling this Case IH 870 DMI through a recently harvested corn field. This piece of equipment has two rows of disks, 11 shanks, another smaller row of discs, and finally, a dragging basket (small teeth that smooth out the soil). We pull our DMI with a 9560r John Deere 4-wheel drive tractor. When pulling this piece of equipment, we usually go about 6 miles-per-hour, but ultimately it depends on soil conditions.

Case IH 870 DMI

After harvest, the Broderius’s til some of their fields to better prepare the ground for planting in spring.

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