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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Why America Feeds the World

The girlies and I witnessed this little marvel of modern technology do its thing today. The corn is dry enough and is now being harvested for feed. There WERE 85 acres of corn surrounding our little (big..) farmhouse. The hum of this baby woke us up today. Too much fun to watch - I tell you I've never seen anything like it in my life. This little puppy cuts several rows of corn down simultaneously, pulls the stalks underneath where the magic is worked. SOMEHOW it separates the corn kernels from the cobs, spits the kernels into a gigantic hopper, and when it's full that arm there zooms out and fills some big carts attached to a tractor. Then they get hauled away - no doubt to feed some sort of cattle that I might just be BBQ'ing in a few weeks. He got most of it done today. It looks like a few acres are left away across in a northwesterly direction. We're not in Philly anymore.

Almost 85 acres - one man in one day. God Bless America!!


Blogger tshsmom said...

Unfortunately, that corn was probably grown for ethanol. :(
It seems like most of Minnesota's farmland is now devoted to corn for ethanol. What a waste! :(

05 October, 2007 19:35  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I thought the same thing, tshsmom. Until Troll talked to the farmer as he was checking the corn last week to see if it was dry enough. It's feed corn, according to him. There are a HELL of a lot of cornfields around here. Man. I'm sure that many of them are growing corn for ethanol - - which has proven to be very inefficient. It is a waste...

Unless that farmer didn't want to admit growing the corn for ethanol???

06 October, 2007 01:01  
Blogger Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Yeah, you're definitely not in Philly anymore as I've been there enough times to vouch that you wouldn't see a vehicle like that slowly rolling down South Street!

07 October, 2007 02:50  
Blogger MonicaR said...

LOL Mr. GG. You'll see some crazy shit on South Street, but definitely not one of these!

I am in a completely different world. It's freaky.

08 October, 2007 00:03  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Living around a farm is a great lesson for the kids. Kids of city slickers grow up with little understanding of the miracle of American agriculture and that most likely leads them to a life of listless liberalism.

Glad you are getting settled.

10 October, 2007 12:45  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks Mike. The discoveries that we've made have been fascinating. I'm amazed by these farmers.

12 October, 2007 01:18  

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