Farm Country Grain Harvest Photography

Stock Stock Images By Shirley Lannoo

These images capture the activity on the Canadian prairies as the members of the farming community toil to bring in the crop they have nurtured all summer long. It is easy to capture images of men and women on harvesting equipment . It is not so easy to depict the stresses, joys and mental anguish felt by the community during this busiest of times.

     
Two Combines
     
Grain Hauling
     
Grain Storage 1
     
Grain Storage 2
     
Cutting Wheat 1
     
Cutting Wheat 2


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First Published: 20141119

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1. Wheat Harvest Combine & Truck 1. Near Swan Lake, Manitoba, mid-morning a combine being serviced as it sits beside grain trucks in preparation for a days work.

2. Wheat Harvest Combine & Truck 2. Near Swan Lake, Manitoba, mid-morning a combine being serviced as it sits beside grain trucks in preparation for a days work.

3. Wheat Harvest Combine & Truck 3. Near Swan Lake, Manitoba, mid-morning a combine being serviced as it sits beside grain trucks in preparation for a days work.

4. Farmer Cutting Cereal Crop 1. A farmer cutting a barley crop with an International tractor and a Case pull-type swather (windrower) near Holland, Manitoba, Canada during the evening.

5. Farmer Cutting Cereal Crop 2. A farmer cutting a barley crop with an International tractor and a Case pull-type swather (windrower) near Holland, Manitoba, Canada during the evening.

6. Farmer Cutting Cereal Crop. A farmer cutting a tangled barley crop with a self-propelled swather (windrower) in south-central Manitoba, Canada early in a bright harvest day. As the day progresses with combines and windrowers on the land, the air becomes progressively more dust filled.

7. John Deere Combine at Work 1. A farmer harvesting a cereal crop with a John Deere 9750 combine. The combine has a straight-cut header which allows him to cut and thresh the crop in one sweep. As it is evening the air is dust filled from a full days harvesting. Beautiful sunsets often accompany dust laden skies on the prairies. Photo taken near Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada in the evening.

8. John Deere Combine at Work 2. A farmer harvesting a cereal crop with a John Deere 9750 combine. The combine has a straight-cut header which allows him to cut and thresh the crop in one sweep. As it is evening the air is dust filled from a full days harvesting. Beautiful sunsets often accompany dust laden skies on the prairies. Photo taken near Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada in the evening.

9. John Deere Combine at Work. A farmer harvesting a cereal crop with a John Deere combine on a bright August day. The combine has a pick-up header which means the crop was previously cut with a swather (windrower) and allowed to dry in the sunlight. It is fairly early in the combining day but already one can see, in the distance, the air is showing the effects of dust pollution.

10. Combine Transferring Grain. Pictured here is a large combine with a 30 foot straight-cut header transferring it's load of grain from the combine storage tank to a tractor pulled grain trailer. Note the long unloading auger on the combine necessitated by the wide header. The grain trailer is used so the large trucks do not have to drive on the fields with their smaller tires which can pack the soil and on some occasions result in a truck bogged down...a serious situation especially with a large heavy load.

11. 2388 Case-International Combine. A 2388 Case-International combine with straight-cut header working on a field of wheat near Cypress River, Manitoba.

12. Grain Unloading On-The-Go. A Case-International combine unloading it's cargo into a Brent 874 grain wagon pulled by a Case-IH 480 Quadtrac tractor while the combine continues harvesting as evidenced by the straw trash exiting the back of the combine. Unloading on the go saves time on the field. Farmers are anxious to take advantage of every minute the grain is dry enough to combine.

13. The Harvest Complete. A semi-trailer truck loaded with grain with it's load covered against wind and weather at the end of a harvested field. The straw which is used for cattle bedding has already been baled and is ready for delivery to the farmstead.

14. JD Combines Waiting on Conditions 1. Three John Deere combines, serviced and ready to go, wait for moisture conditions to be suitable for harvest. Unless grain meets a specified moisture content it is in danger of heating (spoiling) in storage. On occasion farmers combine the grain before the conditions are met but afterwards they must process it in grain dryers thereby raising their costs which they cannot recapture when the grain is sold.

15. JD Combines Waiting on Conditions 2. Three John Deere combines, serviced and ready to go, wait for moisture conditions to be suitable for harvest. Unless grain meets a specified moisture content it is in danger of heating (spoiling) in storage. On occasion farmers combine the grain before the conditions are met but afterwards they must process it in grain dryers thereby raising their costs which they cannot recapture when the grain is sold.

16. Case-International Harvest Unit 1. A view of a pull-type combine featuring Case-International units. With pull-type equipment a farmer can cut his machinery purchase costs, however these units are clumsier to operate and require the use of an extra machine on the field. Most farmers prefer the single unit for manoevreability and service time saved.

17. Case-International Harvest Unit 2. A view of a pull-type combine featuring Case-International units. With pull-type equipment a farmer can cut his machinery purchase costs, however these units are clumsier to operate and require the use of an extra machine on the field. Most farmers prefer the single unit for manoevreability and service time saved. This farmer may have a smaller acreage to work so he uses equipment suitable to his needs. Note the truck at the end of the field and the absence of a grain trailer unit.

18. John Deere Pull-Type Harvest Unit. This is a farmer with a smaller acreage and older equipment transporting his John Deere tractor and combine between fields. In this type of operation either his wife or son trucks the grain possibly negating the need for extra hired men. Small farms are usually very efficient, however these operators find the equipment companies do not cater to their needs since they prefer to sell large units at higher profits.

19. Versatile Swather. This unit is owned by a farmer with a smaller acreage. Behind the unit is a swath roller. The roller packs the swaths down so the wind cannot blow the swaths helter skelter making them difficult or on occasion after a bad storm, impossible for the combine to efficiently pick-up.

20. New Holland Swather2. This is a New Holland self propelled windrower (swather), cutting the last round on a grain field. The waste land visible is probably an area the farmer could not seed in the spring as there was too much moisture. The conditions are variable at seeding time and in some years much land is bypassed and in others the full area is productive.

21. New Holland Swather1. This is a New Holland self propelled windrower (swather), cutting wild barley on waste land in the field. The farmer will want to bypass this area when he combines as it is nothing but weeds, which he would be docked for when he hauls his grain at point of sale. By cutting it he makes it easier to burn a small area to destroy the wild barley seed which otherwise might germinate in a later crop.

22. Two Combines. A John Deere and a Case International combine working in a dust covered field with straw already baled in the background. This is possibly a co-operative effort by neighbouring farmers or a situation where a farmer purchased a second used combine so his growing son could participate in the harvest under the watchful eye of the more experienced parent. Children on farms learn to participate early in the operation and chores on the farm and are usually very capable operators quite early.

23. New Holland Combine. A Large New Holland combine straight cutting in a field where much of the grain has broken down and is laying close to the ground. This can be a serious problem on some fields which tests an operators skills and patience. On these newer machines the cabs are quite comfortable with air conditioning and less dust finding it's way in. Nevertheless, the stresses of harvest time continue to take a toll on farmers and their families

24. Two Cat Lexion Combine 570 R. One of these Caterpillar combines is finishing the last swath on the field while the other races to the next field. In harvest time there is no time to waste. While these are behemoth machines they can seem small when working on a large field of crop. They suddenly seem much larger when faced with the roads and highways.

25. Cat Lexion Combine 570 R. The Caterpillar Company has recently entered the agriculture field producing combines. This one has a pick-up header.

26. Grain Hauling. This unit consists of a Case-International four-wheel drive tractor and a large Bourgault grain wagon. Once the last combine leaves the field the grain trailers follow to the next field. If the crop is a different variety the hauler must empty his load before proceeding

27. Emergency Grain Storage. In a year of bumper crops grain storage can become full. On occasion a farmer will be forced to pile his surplus grain in the field where it is susceptible to ravages of weather and bird predation. This appears to be on a small farm by the look of the equipment. Unfortunately a bumper crop often burdens the farmer with more work producing and delivering a large crop with less profit per bushel.

28. 9770 STS John Deere Combines at Work 1. A JD combine in a wheat or possibly barley field. Note the three semi-trailer trucks at the far end of the field. They will be filled and emptied later at night when the threshing conditions are too damp.

29. 9770 STS John Deere Combines at Work. A very happy farmer in a good crop on a great harvesting day. Note the dust in the air. This is a straight-cut unit.

30. 9770 STS John Deere Combines at Work. The combine quickly turns and begins his next swath of the field. The crop is being cut and threshed in one operation however it appears the farmer may be leaving some straw to be baled in a later operation.

31. 9770 STS John Deere Combines at Work. Here two combines are visible. Each combine takes an area which approximates what the truck at the end can hold. This is evidently an excellent crop. If the field is baled there will be fewer bales as the straw choppers on the backs of the combines seem to be engaged.

32. 9770 STS John Deere Combines at Work. As the combine turns the operator must raise the header to avoid disturbing the rows of straw waiting for the baler. These are big machines and take skill to operate efficiently. This is not simply a steer and drive operation as many systems are in play and must be monitored carefully.

33. Grain Storage 1. These grain tanks are all have hopper bottoms which means there is no shoveling involved when the grain is removed. This unit indicates a medium sized farm.

34. Grain Storage 2. The grain driver is unloading his truck. There is usually a second truck on the field being loaded which the driver will replace with this one when it is empty.

35. Cutting Wheat 1. Back view of a JD swather. The driver appears to be a young farmer probably working on dad's farm.

36. Cutting Wheat 2. The swath is quite fluffy but surprisingly heavy. A beautiful sight.

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