This afternoon's activity across the road:
Eventually the tractor's grain bin is full, the combine's bin is ready to re-fill. And so the tractor takes its grain over to one of two semi trailer trucks, and augers the grain into their containers.
When the semi trailers are full of corn kernels, they can either make their way slowly down the road, approximately six miles, to the local grain elevator. There, the semi is weighed, with the corn in the back. And then the semi driver dumps the corn, and the semi is re-weighed. That's how the elevators gauge the corn amount. Or, the semi trailers can make their way slowly to the farmer's own grain bins ("on-farm storage"), and then the farmer can decide the whats and whens and wheres with the grain.
It is always mesmerizing to watch the farming activity here in rural Kansas. Season-to-season, we witness a business of which other folk may have no clue. Disking, (or plowing and then disking), fertilizing, planting, spraying, and then harvest. Prayers for rain or for no rain, or maybe a smidge of rain. Hoping for snow, hoping for no snow, worrying about hail, and drought, and omigoodness. Farmers are closer to nature than anyone could claim to be. Plus, they embrace science and technology.
So! These are the people in my neighborhood...(Mr. Rogers...yes?)
And our cats? Yes! They are harvesting as well. It is kind of unsettling to see how many field mice are being "harvested", now that their food source has been removed.