Wednesday, December 10, 2014


This bread (well, bread-to-be) came from a plot of about 2,000 acres.  The paddock was about 3,000 acres, but not all was cleared for farming, the lesser quality soils weren't bothered with - example the part in the photo.

Dumping wheat on the ground is far from ideal.  It was not common practice.  However it has to be harvested when it is ready, there was only 200 tonnes of on-farm storage, and there is a time frame in which to deliver it.  The depot closes on a certain date, and that is "it" for deliveries for that season.

I forget the yield.  I kept a ledger of every truck that loaded, there was about 3,000 tonnes handled this way.  It went about 17% protein, which is about par on that country.


RebeccaH said...

Descended from American farmers (and European farmers before that, surely), but not acquainted with their practices beyond backyard gardening. Still, I know enough to know our food comes from dirt and shit (vegetable and animal), SO, while I find this post interesting, I'm not sure what the point is. You do know that every slice of bread you eat has a minuscule dot of insect in it, don't you? Think of it as added protein.

In other words, I love to hear about the Wayside Tavern.

Steve at the Pub said...

Rebecca, Due to recent slackness of blogging I've pretty much put my farming blog into hibernation, so some stuff that would have been posted there will instead appear here.

Fear not, there won't be much of it.
The careful reader will recall many years ago I posted a reasonable amount of rural stuff, mostly relating to cattle, rather than to farming.

davisbr said...

I grew up in the Central Valley of California in the 1960's. (The family business was drilling irrigation wells, so we were always on a farm somewhere during the season.)

I've seen this identical scene repeated many times over with bumper rice crop harvests: huge mounds of rice just laying on the ground.

You gotta put the grain somewhere while it waits for truck transport to granary [silo] storage and the mills, and a handy spot beside the field and the road will suffice lol.