The Daily Post is at it again … this week’s Photo Challenge theme is FALL and I am super-excited to share a few photos I took this morning while “working” (very loose term, please understand!) at Tapp Farms, Inc.
I was graciously allowed by Kaleb (who you’ll see below) to ride with him on several runs from the farm to the grain elevators in Henderson – about a 25 minute ride each way. I’ve ridden in the tractor-trailer trucks with him before but to an elevator here in Sebree, about 10 minutes from the farm, but today’s route allowed us to catch-up on life and plenty of photo-ops for Wannabe Photographer here. Kaleb asked me several times if I knew what I was doing, as if he really had to ask. Of course I said no!
Anyway, I’m working on another super-duper-extra-special post so I need to make this quick. I hope you enjoy these FALL photos, they’re outside the box and not the ordinary autumn scene. They are, however, fall in ever sense of the word for farmers near and far as they race against the clock (and mother nature)(and commodity prices)(and each other) to get the crops out of the fields, into the storage tanks, and onto the grain companies where they are sold by the truckload.
My morning started extra early. I was actually already dressed and ready to leave when I took this picture of the clock on my phone. Kaleb arrived a few minutes later and off we went!
Overhead view of the storage tanks located at Tapp Farms, just outside of Sebree. There are multiple tanks and don’t ask me how much “stuff” they hold, I don’t know …. didn’t think to ask that question.
Here’s another view of the storage tanks and drive-thru where trailers are loaded from the bin above. This sophisticated set of machinery allows The Tapp’s to store and dry their crops to a preferred moisture content (12% is highly desireable, we were carrying 15.5% today) and then transported to a grain company and sold at market value. Farmers without storage facilities on their own property must transport crops directly from the field and yield a much lower profit because the grain company “dries” the product for them.
One of the trailer loads Kaleb sold today was deposited directly onto a barge on the Ohio River. There’s no telling where the product will go from there.
This was my first “chariot” of the morning … a bright red Sterling!
My handsome chaffeur, Kaleb. He and his brother, Kelby, are the brothers I never had. I love them dearly.
Sorry ladies, he’s not available. While Kaleb and I were taking grain to Henderson, his beautiful wife (Heather) was dressing their cutie-patootie daughter (Adalee Mae) (don’t you just love her name?!) for a baby pagaent at Clay Days, a local fall festival and community event. I still haven’t heard if Adalee brought the crown and title home or not …. but she gets my vote regardless!
Here we are pulling onto the scales to weigh the truck and trailer. Each truck must be weighed upon entry and again before exiting to measure the amount of product deposited into the storage tanks.
You think the ladies inside the scale house figured out how much I weigh? Lawd, I sure hope not!
Later in the morning, Kaleb said we were changing trucks. I didn’t ask why – wouldn’t have mattered anyway! I followed him into this white Peterbilt with camera bag in hand. I have to say though, the suspension was MUCH smoother in the red truck. But the Peterbilt sounded better on the highway.
HAHAHA I’m such a country girl!
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is pure money. This is what FALL is all about for farmers …. selling good product at market when prices are high. It doesn’t get anymore FALL than this. Forget the lottery, farming is real gambling.
I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of FALL for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. Be sure to check out the other participants’ blogs as well.
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall (dailypost.wordpress.com)