We're snapping corn, which means we put a corn head on the chopper. Instead of chopping up everything, like with the other head, this one snaps off the stalk and grinds up the cob into tiny little pieces. It still gets some of the stalk, but this method concentrates on getting the corn on the cob, which has the most nutritional and caloric benefits for cows.
We then are putting the ground up corn into bags. Why? Because it's such a good corn harvest that we can't build our piles any higher! So we have to devise other ways to store the harvest.
Here's a little of what it looks like:
Rows and rows to do - here's the view from the cab.
He pulls a wagon behind him. The chopper shoots the feed into it.
We take it to the barn and use the rented bagger to get in into the plastic bag. This requires dumping it, using a wheel loader to load it, then using the bagger.
Repeat until finished. We've been snapping for two days now and hope to be done by Friday. The weather and equipment have been cooperating, and it'll be a huge relief when it's done! It'll be an especially huge relief to Kris because I've been really using the corn puns all month long. I know it's corny, but shucks, I can't help it.
Here's a video of the action!
Until next year!
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