Harvest time

IT’S that time of year again when the air is full of the rumble and thrum of combine harvesters working in the fields.

Chucking out great clouds of dust as they make their way through each field, they transform the landscape.

No longer is there a sea of golden stalks waving in the breeze. First the oil seed was harvested. Then the winter-sown barley, followed by oats and now the last crop to be cut is wheat.

What a marvellous couple of weeks it has been for the farmers: day after day has been warm and dry so none of the grain has had to be dried electrically.

For those farmers growing barley, they will have been hoping their crop is good enough for the brewers. A premium is paid for best malting barley.

Following the combine harvesters come the tractors towing baling machines, tidying the litter of empty stalks from the fields and converting them into neat straw bales.

When things go wrong: the baler caught fire but, thanks to Wiltshire Fire & Rescue, no-one was hurt and the tractor was saved.

When things go wrong: the baler caught fire but, thanks to Wiltshire Fire & Rescue, no-one was hurt and the tractor was saved.

This is how the baling machine looked the following day.

This is how the baling machine looked the following day.

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