|Williams Wharf Road, Soybean Field|
Many of the county's soybean fields have been harvested, but this one down Williams Wharf Road was patiently awaiting its turn last week. No doubt a combine will be working this field soon, if one hasn't already.
|Same field closer up|
Last Friday night on my way home from Gloucester (for the fourth time that day but who's counting other than
CBW my poor Saturn and my last two functioning nerve and brain cells), I was nearly forced off the road to allow an approaching combine to pass.
Mathews has some unique driving hazards including:
With the possible exception of the average citizen hauling trash, most of these can also be found in our annual Christmas parade. (A representative from the crew working on the sewer line should be Grand Marshal. They're practically family now, they've been here so long.)
This year's parade, on December 11, will be during the day rather than at night. I always loved that evening Christmas parade and am sorry to hear it's changing. There was something magical about all those lights.
Regardless, I look forward to seeing the boats, tractors, trucks and
Until then, and as long as the soybeans are being harvested, we can expect to see the combines in our daily travels.
In case one of you two reading has never
Among the crops harvested with a combine are wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn, soybeans, and flax. The waste left behind on the field is the remaining dried stems and leaves of the crop with limited nutrients which is either chopped and spread on the field or baled for feed and bedding for livestock
This Wikipedia photo is of a small combine. We grow 'em much bigger around here--they easily take up 1.75 lanes of road on Routes 14 or 198. On the unmarked side roads, they span from
Have you ever been on a combine?
I haven't but have always wanted to operate heavy equipment of all sorts. Must be some deep-rooted desire