Fall Harvest: Corn Chopping

For a good part of my October, I was chasing after farmers and riding farming machines.

Since Manitowoc County is a farming community, I decided to do a harvesting photo essay project to be my first visual project at the Herald-Times Reporter. I found three farmers who would let me photograph them harvesting crops in the area.

I did not have any farming contacts because I just moved here to Manitowoc. So I decided to drive around the outskirts of Manitowoc and hoped that I will be able to meet some farmers working on the field. As it turned out, I didn’t meet any farmers during the two hours of driving on the county roads.

Then, as I turned my car around and headed toward town for the next assignment, I saw Mr. John Schuh in his tractor. He told me he was planting winter wheat and would be chopping some corn in the next few days. Mr. Schuh gave me the access to corn chopping.

John Schuh, 67, who has about 65 years of farming experience, plants winter wheat seeds on his 22-acre land at the intersection of Wagon Wheel Road and Wisconsin Highway 310 on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Most farmers in the area grow corn, soy bean, winter wheat and alfalfa and they rotate crops to grow on the same land. Farmers plant winter wheat seeds into the ground after harvesting soy bean or corn to let the seeds grow and survive the winter, and the plants will come out healthy when the spring comes.
John Schuh, 67, who has about 65 years of farming experience, plants winter wheat seeds on his 22-acre land at the intersection of Wagon Wheel Road and Wisconsin Highway 310 on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Most farmers in the area grow corn, soy bean, winter wheat and alfalfa and they rotate crops to grow on the same land. Farmers plant winter wheat seeds into the ground after harvesting soy bean or corn to let the seeds grow and survive the winter, and the plants will come out healthy when the spring comes.

 

Jerome Herrmann, of Manitowoc Rapids, drives his chopper to help his friend John Schuh harvesting at the intersection of Oakwood Lane and Interstate 43 on Thursday, Oct. 1. The chopper crushes the entire corn stalk and ears to turn them into feed for the cows.
Jerome Herrmann, of Manitowoc Rapids, drives his chopper to help his friend John Schuh harvesting at the intersection of Oakwood Lane and Interstate 43 on Thursday, Oct. 1. The chopper crushes the entire corn stalk and ears to turn them into feed for the cows.
Jerome Herrmann, of Manitowoc Rapids, drives his chopper to help his friend John Schuh harvesting at the intersection of Oakwood Lane and Interstate 43 on Thursday, Oct. 1. Farmers tend come together and help each other during the harvesting season because it is faster and makes better time with more people working. On this specific day, Herrmann was chopping the corn, John Schuh Jr. was hauling and John Schuh Sr. was unloading.
Jerome Herrmann, of Manitowoc Rapids, drives his chopper to help his friend John Schuh harvesting at the intersection of Oakwood Lane and Interstate 43 on Thursday, Oct. 1. Farmers tend come together and help each other during the harvesting season because it is faster and makes better time with more people working. On this specific day, Herrmann was chopping the corn, John Schuh Jr. was hauling and John Schuh Sr. was unloading.
Corn is the primary feed grain in the United States and it also proivdes the main energy ingredient to the livestock, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Besides corn, soy bean, winter wheat and alfalfa are also popular feed crops in this area.
Corn is the primary feed grain in the United States and it also proivdes the main energy ingredient to the livestock, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Besides corn, soy bean, winter wheat and alfalfa are also popular feed crops in this area.
Jerome Herrmann, of Manitowoc Rapids, drives his chopper to help his friend John Schuh harvesting at the intersection of Oakwood Lane and Interstate 43 on Thursday, Oct. 1. The chopper chopped the entire corn plant, including stalk, cob, husk and kernels, and turn it into feed for the cows.
Jerome Herrmann, of Manitowoc Rapids, drives his chopper to help his friend John Schuh harvesting at the intersection of Oakwood Lane and Interstate 43 on Thursday, Oct. 1. The chopper chopped the entire corn plant, including stalk, cob, husk and kernels, and turn it into feed for the cows.
John Schuh blows the chopped and crushed corn into the silo on his farm at the intersection of Stone Road and U.S. Highway 10 on Thursday, Oct. 1. On this specific day, Schuh had his friend Jerome Herrmann to chop the corn in the field, his son John Jr. to haul the content to the silo and he himself to unload.
John Schuh blows the chopped and crushed corn into the silo on his farm at the intersection of Stone Road and U.S. Highway 10 on Thursday, Oct. 1. On this specific day, Schuh had his friend Jerome Herrmann to chop the corn in the field, his son John Jr. to haul the content to the silo and he himself to unload.
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