As promised, this is an update to my blogging on our farm equipment. Today I will be talking about our combines. A “combine” is actually a combine harvester machine. It reaps the grain from the field, threshes it to separate the grain from the chaff, and then holds the grain in a tank and leaves the chaff in the field.
We have three combines. Jason’s first one is an ancient John Deere combine. It is relatively small.
After he had been farming for a while, he bought the International combines. The first was to use and the second he bought to use for parts.
However, the second one turned out to be in better shape than the first, so I think that this is the main one that he uses now. He has made some modifications to the reel on the front.
I haven’t seen any of these in use yet but hope to see them work this year. Our neighbors either own or hire much larger combines for the conventional crops. The new ones can do in a few hours what one of our old ones would take several days to do, but it’s an expensive proposition to buy one of these machines. State-of-the art combines can cost several hundred-thousand dollars. It seems to me that people who buy these don’t just do their own combining but also hire themselves out to do the combining for other people and make some money on it.