Special thanks to
Mark Hodges, Executive Director -
Thanks also to:
Jim E. Morford,
Burlington Coop Assoc.
Lloyd Wente of Wente Harvesting
for an incomparable combine experience.
Wente is a cutting crew foreman; he's been cutting grain for 45 years.
Trailor trucks bringing freshly harvested
grain to the elevator.
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a visit to Oklahoma in June, 2003 Professor Bread received a wonderful
tour of real American wheat country courtesy of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
harvest time. Beautiful "amber waves of grain" cover much
of the Oklahoma countryside.
On some of the
more expansive fields
one sees wheat almost to the horizon.
A cutting crew with four large combines prepares for the harvest.
giant combine cuts a swath of grain 36 feet wide!
These impressive machines cut the grain and
then thresh it (this separates the grain from the straw). These wheat
seeds are then collected in a bin behind the cab of the combine.
this bin holds nearly one ton of grain, it fills quite quickly. The
combine operator radios to another crew member in a tractor that pulls
a huge grain container. A boom swings out from the combine and shoots
the grain into this container without having to stop harvesting as
both vehicles move side by side...
Bread exiting a combine.
beautiful view from the top of an elevator - the tallest structure
on the landscape.
eventually gets loaded on trucks or trains for shipment to mills.
© 2005 Gary