Harvest moon for corn harvest

Record Observer - - Opinion - By JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

This year the full moon for Oc­to­ber was also the “Harvest Moon.” It was per­fect tim­ing for har­vest­ing farm fields in our ru­ral farm­ing com­mu­nity in Queen Anne’s County, in­clud­ing this corn field in Price next to the ripen­ing golden soy­bean field.

The corn is threshed by the com­bine, and the corn husks are dis­carded onto the ground. This also pro­tects soil from ero­sion and re­turns plant mat­ter to the ecosys­tem. The har­vested corn is un­loaded fall­ing from com­bine through the shoot. Then the grain is tem­po­rar­ily stored in a cham­ber in­side the com­bine. Once the cham­ber is full, the grain is dumped into a semi truck bed or grain bin to be stored un­til it’s sold.

PHOTO BY JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

A corn field is har­vested next to ripen­ing golden soy­beans.

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