Stoneridge Custom Farming Ltd.
|Posted on 21 September, 2015 at 9:40|
Things here at Stoneridge are starting to gear WAY up, even after a couple of days of rain... The hired men and the family all managed to fit in some down time. Of course down time often means being in the shop maintaining equipment, book work in the office and catching up on some sleep.
I am looking out the office window and I see the leaves are changing on the big, beautiful maple tree, and it reminds me that the first day of Autumn is two days away.
Autumn means a lot of things for so many people, but here at Farmville it means harvest, and this is what Google says the definition of harvest is...
ˈhärvəst/noun noun: harvest; plural noun: harvests
The soy bean are ready, fourth cut hay, corn silage are all coming together.
We have the bins now, and we are emptying the wheat to make way for the soy beans.
Trucks come and take the dried wheat and deliver it to a feed company. The first step is the empty truck drives up on our weigh scale.
The scale is 80 feet long and has a walk way along the side for the truck driver/farmer to have the option to wither stay in his vehicle or hop on our and come in to the weigh office and have a look for himself at the numbers.
This is the machine that actually records the weight and prints the ticket. It shows the weight on the digital read out, and prints it to each weigh slip in the printer below.
We record the commodity (wheat, corn, soy beans), the date, the farm name, if the driver was in or out of the vehicle, where the truck is bound for, who weighed it and who trucked it.
There are four copies made, so the farmer, the driver, Hensall and Stoneridge all have a copy so that everyone has all the information they need.
Then the truck driver drives around to the area where the wheat, that has been previously dried, is loaded into his trailer IN this picture, there are two overhead hoppers (the wheat is in the steel coloured one). As you can see, we have a crew working hard on another big bin going up on the left of the picture!
The trucker just drives underneath the hopper, climbs a ladder, opens the sliding door at the bottom of the bin, and WHOOSH, wheat comes out!
What is a hopper bin you ask... Well, I am glad you did!!
Hopper bins offer top quality grain and seed storage. Without bolts and ribs, the seamless interior allows for safe and easy unloading, while ensuring no seed or contaminates are trapped on the walls or joints.
They are completely self cleaning with no obstructions. As you can see, the bottom is like a funnel, so that the product inside can run out smoothly, and no one is jeopardized climbing into that storage to have to clean it or remove grain that is stuck.
When the trailer is loaded, the driver comes around back on the scale and we weigh him out, give him his copy of the paper work and he is off to his final destination (not like the movie!)
Just one last picture before I am pulled away to start receiving soy beans (I will show you that post another time!), my Farmer likes to see pictures of his dreams being fulfilled, so I am going to sign off for today.
Probably go and put some socks on, because we are in single digits this morning, and I was not willing to give up my flip flops just yet...
Have an awesome day friends!
May all your days be filled with laughter and sunshine, just as the truck in this last picture is being filled!!! ;)
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