Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another Rude Awakening

This was part of our property during some flooding last June.

This is the same view today, usually dry land here, a lot more water, we live near a creek. You can look back to my late June blogs to see photos of that flood. There was a thunderstorm all night long, complete with thunder and lightning and today they are predicting snow, 40 mph winds...which are already going on.

The water is OVER the bridge , after receding a bit. This is our well head's little island. Yesterday we had an electrical fire in the wiring at that site. We were going to go back today and make it a better and cleaner connection, but can't get to it. Pump is OK for now.

We are hunkering down in the house getting ready for the impending weather.


Karen Hargett said...

OMG - wet and cold. Too bad you can't distribute some of that water here to Texas - still almost 12" below normal and in drought water restrictions.

Take care and be safe.

Mark Bridges said...

Snow? My A/C was running last night. I see the combine, where,how do you get the corn off the cob?

Pattie Wall said...

Yes, Karen and Mark, I would love to share with you. Come take as much as you want! Mark, the combine is a pretty cool piece of machinery. It is driven over the stalk (in this case, 6 rows of corn at a time) and picks the corncob, pulls it into a 'separator' and auger which vibrates and pulls the corn off of the cob. The very dry silk material is spit out the back of the machine, the dry corn falls through a grate where a little conveyor/elevator carries it up to a bin and when the bin is full, the operator pulls up next to the grain truck and extends a conveyor tube and turns on the motor that picks up the corn kernels and shoots it into the bed of the truck. The corn is then taken to the elevator and a 'moisture content' is measured with a probe. If the content is too wet, they have to put the corn in a dryer to reduce the moisture. This is the very dry corn, used in many products, including feed and ethanol. The price of corn is down right now, so it is being stored in the elevator and will be sold at a later date. It's not ours though.

Pattie Wall said...

PS - and that's all fine and dandy as long as the combine is operating correctly, which it hasn't been and lots of time has been spent fixing things that break on it. Imagine all the moving parts and motors and belts and pulleys and gears and....the other day, only one truckload went to town, the rest of the time was spent fixing the combine. You could make good money as a farm implement repairman around here.