It takes the ENTIRE corn stalk, ear and all, and turns it into confetti-sized pieces. The pieces shoot into the wagon that a tractor is pulling. (And it happens fast - much faster than I can mow wet grass!)
The person driving the tractor has to drive alongside the chopper at the exact right speed and distance. When his wagon is full, he goes and dumps it on the pile, and another tractor and wagon takes his spot.
Everything has to go right ... all the machinery has to work. The corn has to be the right moisture. Everyone driving has to pay close attention. They use hand signals and cell phones to communicate. It's quite a process. Today one of our team members pulled a wagon for the first time for us - and did a great job.
I rode along today, and I was impressed like every year. I like to think of what my ancestors would think about this machinery.
One thing never changes, no matter the machines ... everyone is exhausted after a day of harvesting. Whether you're using horses or amazing machines - it's tiring!
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