I took these pictures a few weeks ago, and have been meaning to put them here for people to see. The harvest in the district is now well and truly over, with summer crops already planted and looking lovely after the rain last week. This was the harvester/header that did the work on the property here. The photograph was taken as I stood on my northern lawn. The wheat paddock [the one in my header photo] is not much more than 80 metres from our house. These big machines are very sophisticated these days, with GPS systems, comb sensors in order to avoid hitting higher ground, bin-full beepers, and more beepers than one can throw a stick at!! They have sealed, air conditioned cabs for the driver's comfort. Can you imagine how horrible and dusty the work would be without that.
This photograph is showing the wheat being transferred from the header to the 'chaser' bin. A little later in the day, the tractor and bin were being driven along beside the header with the wheat going straight into it. This needs a lot of concentration and communication between header/tractor driver. If there is a big crop, there is also a need for trucks to be employed in order to move the grain to on-farm storage or take it directly to the wheat depot.
I took this photograph in town during harvest. These are the 'big rigs' that are used to transport grain. I know it's not a property shot, but I couldn't resist taking it. Unfortunately, I missed the front wheels, but on doing a count, that vehicle has 54 tyres. I actually thought it was amusing seeing him pulled up in front of the tyre shop - bet that shop owner was rubbing his hands together when he saw the big guy pull up!! Is it any wonder transport costs are soaring. I hope these few images show a little more of my world.
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