As I write this from the newest BangShift Mid-West location, I’m watching the owners of the field behind my property line harvest the acres of corn. It’s the first absolute sign of fall and the final proof I need that I need to bush-hog my property line. As the massive combine mowed down the stalks of corn like I normally mow a lawn, I couldn’t help but to take a moment and watch. I’ve spent quite a few years living in areas that grow tall stalks of the other form of gold currency, but I really hadn’t paid attention to how it all happened. Corn was planted, corn grew, corn got mowed down and corn stalks became Halloween decorations. Done and done, right? Right up until I saw the combine slow down for the hopper to pull aside, so it could turn over a ton of corn kernels.
Let’s think about that for a moment: gigantic tractor thing mows down six-foot tall plant, shoots out plant stalks and individual corn kernels. It’s kind of cool, but if you aren’t Farmer John (which I’ve never claimed to be), the process of how this half-a-million-dollar farm implement takes an overgrown lawn and converts it into ready-to-bag feed is kind of impressive. This video, from HowStuffWorks, takes us through the actions of how it all happens. If you’ve never seen it done up close, it’s something to see at least once.