Most of the crops in the Simpson
district have been harvested. A few farmers are finishing up. These
photos show the Crawford Acres crew. They're straight combining a relatively new bearded variety of hard spring wheat that goes by the name Superb.
Three Case 2388 combines with
thirty-foot headers can cover a lot of ground. This field is on the
north side of #15 Highway, six or seven miles northwest of Simpson.
That's combine operator Glenn in the photo.
The grain is augered into a steel bin
right in the field. When the bin is full, the wheat will be hauled to
bins in Allan's yard.
Roy handles this stage of the
Blair pulls a thousand-bushel grain
tank. He loads it right at the combine.
The two other combine operators seen
in the next few pictures are Dale and Bob.
Trucker Dwight takes over a combine later on.
Loading the grain tank from the
combine - on the go.
That's Glenn in the rear view mirror.
In the third photo you can see the reel with its many spikes or
fingers. Even where the grain is down, this reel will pick it up; not
much will be left for the geese. (Migrating Canada Geese and their
white cousins are in the Simpson area by the thousands, feeding up
before they resume their migratory journey south. They can't damage the
harvested stubble. When they get on unharvested swathes though, watch
out! Their 'gourmet's delight' - field peas.)
A few duplicate photos here, but we
won't worry about it.
camera runs out of battery. I
ride for three rounds with Glenn. We solve many of the world's
pressing problems. "This
year's crop is the best I've ever seen" he says.