Video: See one Irishman help harvest 10,000 acres of corn in the US
See the Irishmen involved in the US harvest this Thursday on Ear to the Ground
This week's Ear to the Ground has some amazing footage from the US harvest when Darragh McCullough caught up with Louthman John Hoey who is working for Frederick Harvesting.
Hoey is a graduate of Kildalton Agricultural College and is from a 350ac tillage farm back home in Casltlebellingham in Louth.
He landed out in Alden, Kansas in April to work with Frederick Harvesting, where the first job was to get a truck driving licence. Then he was all set for the epic harvest journey that takes Lance Frederick’s nine brand new, top-of-the-range John Deere combines from Kansas nearly 1,000 miles north close to the Canadian border.
The 20-man crew are literally on the road, complete with massive mobile homes, fuel and repair trucks, and about $5m of kick-ass machinery.
According to McCullough, it was simply awesome to witness the crew at full tilt, and veteran Ear to the Ground cameraman, Michael Edge was in his element.
The combines clock up over 10,000ac during the course of a single season - more than they’d manage during a lifetime on most Irish farms. Indeed, by the time the machines have cut their last crop of the season, they are simply sold off, and an order is placed for nine new combines - a tillage farmer’s dream come through!