We all know what a combine looks like driving by in our cars, but what about up close and personal? I tried to take some close up pictures of some of the parts of our combine, so maybe you can start to understand how it all works to get food to you and your family. No, I am not sending a camera through the combine while it is harvesting, but I did take pictures while we did some maintenance the other day.
|The sickle moves back and forth very quickly and is extremely sharp. It cuts the plants off so we can harvest the seeds.|
|The black thing is called the reel. It pushes the cut off plants into the header, so they don't fall onto the ground. The green thing is called an auger. It pushes the cut off plants to the center of the header where they enter the...|
|Feederhouse. I like to call the feeder house the throat of the combine. It is what connects the header to the main part of the combine.|
|We can adjust the size of the holes depending on what crop we are harvesting and how easy it is for the combine to separate the soybeans from the pods.|
|Combines have lots of moving parts, belts, and chains. However the modern hydraulic systems have reduced many of moving parts when compared to earlier models.|
|Another view of the sieves from the back of the machine.|
|These "knives" chop up the plant material as they leave the combine.|
What else would you like to learn about when we are harvesting? I will try to put together another post on my views from the combine cab and all the buttons and dials I have to use to get the combine to work properly and maybe even a video.
-A Kansas Farm Mom with special thanks to my Kansas Farmer husband for providing extra details for you all.