It’s corn harvest time in parts of Minnesota. Most the fields have either been cut down to stubble, or had the stubble plowed under, but a few fields were still being harvested when we drove through central Minnesota the other day.
A harvester chewed its way down a row and prepared to turn around for another swipe churning up a lot of dust in the process. When it’s bin is full, it shoots the grain out the long arm into the bed of a waiting truck.
Corn stubble fields like this will attract numbers of migrating blackbirds, cranes, and waterfowl, but these harvesters are so efficient, they don’t leave much grain behind.
Rail cars full of corn dot the landscape, trucks hauling grain crowd the highways, and grain silos are bulging with feed left over from last winter’s storage plus the additional grain deposited this fall. Sometimes there just isn’t anywhere to put all that corn, except on the ground waiting for the next available transport.
A mountain of corn is building up on the ground next to two full storage silos in Sunburg, MN
More trucks arrive in a steady stream, getting weighed first and then depositing their load in the growing mountain of corn.
At this point the mountain of excess corn is about 20 feet high and 150-200 feet long. How many tons would that be, I wonder? And what is the fate of this pile of corn left out to the elements for how many days?
This old barn near Sunburg, MN has been falling down for several years, and this past year really took its toll on the structure.