It’s the prime time to harvest rice all over south Louisiana, and boy, have our farmers been busy!
The rice stalks have turned golden brown in coloring, indicating that it’s time to be harvested. The rice is harvested with a large machine known as a “combine”. These massive machines have an attachment on the front known as a “header” (this is where all the ‘cutting and separating’ work is done). The combine stores the cut grain/rice in its extremely large bin pulled behind one of the farm’s large tractors.
The rice is moved from the tractor’s bin into the storage container on a ‘rice truck’. Rice trucks come in various shapes and sizes, some look like dump trucks with others are 18-wheelers with open top trailers. The rice trucks then bring the grains to the rice bins. These metal bins range in size and are used as a safe storage area for the rice. The grains must be kept at a specific humidity and moisture level and temperatures in the bins need monitoring, to prevent spoilage of the rice.
…”See y’all next time!”