Harvesting the Rye
A regular some times yearly event for
us, is harvesting the rye for our demonstrations. Mostly we harvest for
two years at a time, and then store the bundles rye in my fathers storage
shed. Unfortunately, there are also mice and birds in the shed, So after
a year you can count on one hand how much rye is still on the stalk, but
this does not discourage us. We are more interested in de threshing then
in making a profit.
This is the way we harvest of rye, which
we mostly obtain for a friendly price, which we pay to the farmer to harvest
a small area in the field before the combine harvester begins.
When we have once again are busy bent
over the self-binder, we hear in the distance the distinct sound of the
combine harvester coming our way. The driver is sitting in his comfortable
cabin shaking his head in disbelief.
n.b This photograph show unrestorated lanz, with the owners, seated on the tractor is Bert, my father just walking along behind, doing the easy work? I'm busy with the self-binder.
Many thanks to Rick Wieland, he translated this document from Dutch into English.