Every fall in the Midwest, the fields are full of grain, soybeans and seed corn for harvest. These products are used to feed livestock and are found in the ingredients of your food. The path they take from the farm is a simple yet important one. From the farmer to the truck drivers with grain hauling jobs, here are the steps to that journey.
1. Picking the Grain
The best time to harvest your crop will depend on if it is too wet and if the product is ready to be picked. A late season rain could knock your work back a few crucial days. There is a small window before it might be too cold and the harvest will freeze. You will want to do the work yourself instead of hiring it out so that you will get to know the plants you produced. It can either be done by hand or machine but if you have several acres to do you will want to use a combine to complete the job. A combine not only picks the plant, it separates the usable kernel from the rest then disposes of the excess. As you are clearing the field, you can have the grain trucked back to be loaded into grain bins for storage.
2. Heading to Market
Once you determine how much grain you will need on your farm, you can haul the extra away to be sold to someone else. Local co-ops, food processing plants and ethanol plants are interested in purchasing corn and wheat to be resold or used in the products they manufacture. You should shop around for who will offer you the most. Once you have a destination for the crop you wish to sell, you can either transport it yourself if you have a grain hauler or hire a company to do it for you.