Posted by Reedy Fork Organic Farm on 7/12/2013 to News
"Ben took this video of our combine as it was harvesting our barley crop. Here's what's going on: 1. The header - a big spinning wheel with teeth on the bottom - cuts the barley and sucks the whole barley plant into the combine. 2. The combine separates the seeds from the stems, and the seeds are collected on the top in a bin 3. The other stuff is blown back into the field to add fertilizer and organic matter back to the soil. You'll note that the barley isn't very tall. Although it doesn't usually get over 2 1/2 feet tall, this year's rain and high winds have pushed the barley over quite a bit. We had to set the combine a bit lower than usual to compensate. This barley crop has now been harvested and is in the silo ready to be milled for our wonderful organic animal feed! "