Monday, July 27, 2009

Harvest in Rushville

Max Two Crow enjoys a view of Rushville atop an 86 foot high grain bin on July 17th, 2009.

Note: This image contains multiple photos placed together through Photoshop.

Photos and story by Kyle Bruggeman

July 19, 2009, Rushville, Neb: Farming is mostly a year long job, but never is it more exciting and more exhausting than during harvest. A time where all the hard work and dedication to the fields pays off by the truck loads.

Dennis Marcy, 48, knows the rewards of raising farm land, but for him it is easier to rent his land to other farmers to do the dirty work. Marcy can then spend his days freely and just wait for harvest to come around to collect a check. Last year he spent time in Russia while others looked after his land.

Dennis Marcy enjoys a cigarette at the Rushville Nebraska grain bin on July 17th 2009.

Most wheat and corn is hauled to a grain bin where it is sold and stored. Rushville's bin can hold grain by the tons. It is operated by a team of four people who test the grain for moisture, weigh the trucks load, and get the grain into the bins.

It is impossible to know when the farmer is going to arrive with his newly cut crop. Thus the bin crew is often waiting around. They kill that time by listening to the radio or by giving each other a hard time. Sometimes they go on top of the 86 foot high grain bin and look over the town.

Delayne Blacksmith scrapes out the few remaining wheat kernels from a late night drop off at the Rushville grain bin on July 18th, 2009.

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