History Repeats Itself at Harvest Time
Nov 09, 2009
My sympathys go out to all of you trying to get those corn and beans in. I was 20 years old in 1966 when we had a fall full of cold, wind and rain storms that eventually had most of the corn laying over. I was working for Joliet Grain Co. that fall at their "Birds bridge elevator" along the Santa Fe tracks at I-55 and Rt 6 on the southwest side of Joliet. I was running the dryer on 12 hour shifts and we took both corn and beans into December. The corn was down so bad the guys had to run the corn header in the mud to pick up the lodged stalks, which was most of them. Harvey Lewis, a farmer nearby stood in the scale shack at the end and said he had bought a brand new Massey combine and felt all the bearings were worn out from all the mud going through. But we made it anyway.