Sunday, 2 August 2015

Aspects of harvest time

I used to observe harvest from close quarters as a child - indeed I can still remember riding on the back of a Suffolk Punch pulling a reaper and binder when I was very small!  However with the advent of a career I have missed out on the intermediate steps of the development of agricultural technology over the past 50 years!  Following my recent retirement I was fascinated to see the annual ritual of harvest at close quarters again.  The sacking platform for the grain on combines has gone, and with it the back-breaking job of shifting the full sacks of grain, I hadn't realised that combines can have caterpillar tracks, nor that the Plough and Harrow were so closely employed (apart from as a Pub name!)

First the pea harvest about 10 days ago

 Next barley today

Look at all of that potential beer!

And then ploughing and harrowing in one operation.  Note the fork on the front of the tractor - for use as a last resort I presume!

Having dropped the harrow to turn, the seven furrow plough is turned ove for the return journey

Dropping the harrow to turn around:

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