Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rice Harvest in Full Swing

I took a rather long hiatus from publishing anything to this blog, primarily due to family issues, but the rice harvest is here, and the blog is back.

A full rice combine unloads its cargo into a bankout wagon as the sun sets.
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The rice fields, which are a rich green all summer, turn an intense yellow when the rice is ready for harvest in the fall. Then, when the moisture level in the grain reaches the right point, huge rice combines converge on the fields, strip the rice grain from the stalks and offload it into bankout wagons for transportation to storage, where the rice will dry before it is milled.

Rice ready for harvest.
Rice combine makes its way through a rice field.
The sun nears the horizon as the harvest continues.