But the other night, we had the opportunity to go for a real life combine ride! I can't even remember the last time I rode in a combine-- maybe when I was ten? C was super excited and the ride definitely met his expectations.
5 things I learned during my combine ride:
* The combine we rode in cost about $250,000
* Although there is a steering wheel in the combine, it drives itself with the use of a little joystick that has GPS navigating the field. Every little stream and hill is on that gps.
* The width of the combine head is 40 feet across!
(and did you know a semi truck trailer is usually 53'?)
* The beans are cut and funneled through the center of the combine and up into a bin (called a hopper) behind the cab. (We saw grasshoppers mixed in with the beans!)
* The grain bin (hopper) holds 400 bushels of beans and when the bin is 3/4 full, it beeps. (Then another tractor with a wagon comes to empty it--while this one is still combining. Very efficient!)
And an extra little tidbit:
* Toddlers don't like all the "bean dust" that flies around when getting in/ out of the combine.
("It hurt mine eyes.")