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Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Reptan Fescue
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: Approximately July 1993
Description:
My cousin operates this hillside combine on the Brown place.
You'll notice that the header is actually a wheat header
that has been modified with a pickup belt for the grass seed
harvest. After a number of years my uncles grew tired of
this arrangement. So, they took the header into the shop
one winter and dug out the torch. It's now a little header,
but it can no longer harvest grain unless it's been
windrowed.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Reptan Fescue
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
Date: Approximately July 1993
Description:
Two combines continue their harvest of the Brown place.
They aren't visible in this picture, but this place has some
massive boulders on this particular hill. Too large to
remove when the field is ripped up, we've simply had to farm
around them. They each stick out of the ground around one
to three feet. I have a feeling we're only seeing the tip
of the iceberg! My cousin is operating the 6602 in front;
how much do you want to bet that he took the patch of
thistles sitting in the windrow right into the combine?!
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Reptan Fescue
Machines: 6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
Date: Approximately July 1993
Description:
The Sidehill prepares to drop over the hill.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Chewings Fescue
Machines: 6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: August 4, 1993
Description:
Ordinarily we tried to finish harvest during the month of
July. This year we had some rain that prolonged harvest
into August. The two combines here await the continuance of
harvest on Fred's place.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Chewings Fescue
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
7700 John Deere Combine
6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
8820 John Deere Combine
6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: August 5, 1993
Description:
Because of the rain this particular year, we borrowed a
couple machines from a neighboring farmer to help finish the
harvest. Hopefully I have the machines correct as they sit
all in a row. Unfortunately, we didn't increase the number
of trucks we were using, so this put a little stress on the
truck drivers. Also in this picture is a 4020 John Deere
tractor with a water tank attached. Because of the fire
danger, it's simply part of the standard equipment that
follows the harvest team around. There have been too many
close calls over the years not to take the extra precaution.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Chewings Fescue
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
8820 John Deere Combine
7700 John Deere Combine
Date: August 5, 1993
Description:
Grass seed harvest on Fred's place. The 7700 combine was a
participant of an "oops" later in the day (it's great when
something like that happens with the neighbor's machine,
isn't it?). The operator, pulling next to the truck,
accidentally bent the unloading auger. Oops. I wish I had
a picture of it.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Chewings Fescue
Machines: 2 6602 Hillside John Deere Combines
8820 John Deere Combine
7700 John Deere Combine
6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
Date: August 5, 1993
Description:
All five combines busily at work wrapping up Fred's place.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Unknown Grass Seed
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
Date: Unknown Date
Description:
Two combines unloading the grass seed into a Ford truck.
I'm not sure what the crop is, but it looks like Chewings
Fescue. Something for the combine operator to do each time
the truck is approached for unloading is to turn off the
leveling mechanism, or to switch it from automatic to manual
override. If you don't do this, some time you just might be
inviting a little trouble, particularly if the truck is
sitting on much of a hill.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Pennlawn Fescue
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: July 26, 1994
Description:
The scene of the grass seed harvest just after finishing the
field, which we refer to as "Jones' Hill." The front
section of the piece has a steep hill in front by the road,
and a large flat piece on top. Thank goodness for the tarps
on the truck to keep the seed in. Were we not to use tarps,
we'd probably have to drive less than 10 mph just to keep
the seed on the truck, it's so light. Now that the field is
completed, it awaits being burned.

Incidentally, this is one of the "oldest" fields that my
uncles farmed. Pennlawn Fescue is a perennial grass.
They've had this field in production for over twenty years
without another crop being rotated through. Pennlawn is
sometimes referred to as "creeping red fescue," because of
its ability to fill in open space. Because of this feature,
you won't see any drill rows in this field any more. It
rather practically looks like a lawn now that all the open
spaces have been filled in.

There was a gentleman in a different post from Eastern
Washington that mentioned a burning ban that has been put in
place in his state. Oregon has also had it's ability to
burn severely limited by the environmentalists that occupy
our state capital. Without the ability to burn, the
incidence of disease and pests rises, and we could no longer
leave such a field in for this long of time. After a few
years, blind seed (blank seed heads) disease would take
over, and we'd be finished.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Rebel Junior Tall Fescue
Machines: 8820 John Deere Combine
Date: July 1994
Description:
This is the 8820 hard at work on the homeplace in the tall
fescue. This seed is much heavier than the fine fescues and
does a much better job flowing out of the trucks, and out
the unloading augers of the combines.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Rebel Junior Tall Fescue
Machines: 8820 John Deere Combine
Date: July 1994
Description:
A side shot of the 88 hard at work. In the background you
can see a more hilly part of the field. The 6602 and 6600
are not seen, but hard at work on this section. At the top
of a hill is a 'lone oak' tree that is the namesake of my
uncles' farm.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Red Creeper Fescue
Machines: 6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
8820 John Deere Combine
Date: July 1995
Description:
All three of my uncles' machines at work on the top of the
home place, which is around 650 feet above sea level.
Hopefully the driver in front of the pack won't bend his
unloading auger around the ol' oak tree when he passes by.
The green crop in the foreground is most likely Pennlawn
Fescue.

The fine fescues (which Pennlawn is) are typically planted
in the spring. The first summer, there isn't a crop taken
off of them, but it gives it a good start for the next year.
The ryegrasses, however, are typically planted in the fall,
and they do bear a crop the following summer.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Unknown Grass Seed
Machines: John Deere Combines
Date: August 3, 1995
Description:
This is a picture of a neighboring farmer harvesting his
field. I see four machines in this picture, but this
gentleman has quite a few more.

The crop in the foreground is red creeper fescue all ready
to be burned.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Rye Grass
Machines: 6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: July 28, 1999
Description:
The two leveling machines are working on the steep section
of the home place. I don't recall how steep of a grade the
sidehill can manage, but the hillside can take up to 45%.
If I'm not mistaken, this particular hill has a few places
that max out the leveling on both machines. If you can't
tell yet, the hills were my favorite place to farm--more
challenging!
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Rye Grass
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: July 28, 1999
Description:
Another picture of harvest on the hill.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Rye Grass
Machines: 8820 John Deere Combine
6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: July 28, 1999
Description:
Now all machines are in the action in the same picture. You
can probably tell in some of the pictures that we pay
special attention when windrowing to ensure that the
flatland machines stay on the flat ground, and that the
hillside machines cut across the hill as much as is
possible.

I'm not sure how fast you folks in grain country drive your
machines, but in these pictures here, the 6600 and 6602
machines are probably moving somewhere between 1 to 1.5 mph.
The 8820 is traveling around 3.5 mph. Some of the farmers
in this area grow some bent grass, which threshes extremely
hard. I've heard of their combines, even the big ones
traveling at speeds less than 1 mph, which undoubtedly makes
for an extra long day. No sleeping now!

Incidentally, the bent threshes so hard, I've also heard of
farmers combining it twice. They go through it once and let
it drop into a windrow behind the combine. Once the field
is done, they combine it all again. I'm not sure if they do
this much anymore--perhaps combine technology has improved
enough to where they don't have to do this anymore.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Rye Grass
Machines: 6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
Date: July 28, 1999
Description:
The sidehill makes the long, dusty journey across the hill.
It has probably slowed its ground speed somewhat, since its
leveling is maxed out.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Rye Grass
Machines: 6600 Sidehill John Deere Combine
8820 John Deere Combine
Date: July 28, 1999
Description:
The sidehill and the 88 are having a race down the hill.
Who do you think will win?

Incidentally, Rye grass is a variety of grass that generally
isn't burned here in the valley. Typically after harvest
all the straw is baled up and removed. Following the baler,
the fields are mowed clean of residue for the winter.

Ryegrass is also a perennial grass for the most part, but it
isn't left in the soil nearly as long as the fine fescue
varieties. In my experience, only three crops are typically
taken off before the field is worked under and replanted.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
very nice pics
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Reptan Fescue
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: August 1991
Description:
It looks like the operator of this machine recently unloaded
and forgot to turn off the manual override for the hillside.

This field, and the ridge where this combine is operating,
is incredibly rocky. This ridge contains scads of rocks the
size of the rock in the foreground. Over the years it has
been deemed more economical to simply farm around them
rather than remove them. Besides, some of them are like the
tip of an iceberg. We could indeed have tried to remove
them, but the deeper one goes, the larger the rock becomes,
rooted in the very hill itself.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Message: Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Fine Fescue
Machines: 6600 Sidehill and 6602 Hillside John Deere
Combines
Date: August 1991
Description:
Unloading the bounty of harvest.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Reptan Fescue
Machines: Two 6602 Hillside John Deere Combines
Date: August 1991
Description:
Winding around the bottom of the hill to begin the grind
back up to the top of the ridge.

It looks I scanned this picture a little off-center.
Neither the trees in the background nor the combines appear
level!
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Fine Fescue
Machines: 6600 Sidehill and 6602 Hillside John Deere
Combines
Date: August 1991
Description:
Another grass seed harvest picture.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Reptan Fescue
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: August 1991
Description:
The operator is hopefully trying to be careful coming down
this hill. A wrong move in the slick straw could send the
combine hurtling into the canyon at the bottom of the field.
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Re: Grass Seed Harvest
Photographer: My Grandmother
Place: Silverton, Oregon / USA
Crop Type: Reptan Fescue
Machines: 6602 Hillside John Deere Combine
Date: August 1991
Description:
Combining in amongst some more enormous rocks.

The black field seen in the background is one of the
steepest fields my uncles farm. It looks like it was burned
not to long before this picture was taken.
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