Harvest – Then and Now

Binding wheat at the Central Kansas Flywheel Yesteryear Museum,  Salina, KS

The binder cuts the wheat and ties it into bundles also called sheaves.  It is placed into shocks to dry out before thrashing.

Cutting wheat in the field across the road from us.  Pretty dusty, but the combine operators are blessed to have a clean, air-conditioned cab.

Cleaned and ready for the next field.


No more harvests for this old Gleaner combine






11 thoughts on “Harvest – Then and Now

    1. Debra Farmer Post author

      It is sad that the little farmer is a thing of the past, and it’s especially sad to see all the abandoned farmsteads. It was a hard life for some. My dear grandmother lived in Western Kansas during the Dirty 30’s and refused to talk about it. I can’t imagine…….

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  1. shoreacres

    Of course I’m sitting here humming a chorus or two of “Bringing in the Sheaves.” Your photos are wonderful. Harvest time is still special. It’s hard work, but deeply satisfying. Just today, I saw that they’ve baled the hay over at the Johnson Space Center — NASA does some farming, too!

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    1. Debra Farmer Post author

      Me too!!! I played the song on youtube as I was composing this post and sang along with it. Oh how I wished that I was sitting in a little country church hearing that beautiful hymn.


      1. Debra Farmer Post author

        He has farmland outside of Colby. He also has a combine and he helps his best friend cut wheat. I’ve only seen him a few days in the past couple of weeks. My farmer/pilot keeps busy. Wylie and I hold down the home place.

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