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In the Chilterns, the rest of the harvest was gathered over the couple of fine days at the start of September. This week it seems like a fading dream. A new combine harvester, like this model from John Deere will set you back by over £200,000. 

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From the thumbnail this looked like a tank. I suppose in a way it could be - it mows down all before it and leaves the flattened waste behind it.
John Prior: These machines are very efficient, but they should be for the price.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Sep 2011, 08:32
If they haven't got it in by now I think they might as well not bother John. I think we might be in for a wet week
John Prior: As long as next week proves better, lots of processing to catch up on and a client has just woken up smile
A gret shot John. Very hard work farming.
John Prior: Hard work but a nice lifestyle.
  • Chantal
  • Germany
  • 6 Sep 2011, 09:12
getting in the harvest on time
John Prior: Just made it in time I think smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 6 Sep 2011, 10:04
The sun is shining so, why not?
John Prior: Pouring here Chad, but last Friday was golden.
and we complain about the price of bread!
John Prior: I get to meet a lot of arable farmers through the work I do for Bayer CropScience, quite a few of the smaller ones tend to act as contractors for other farmers also, so this spreads the cost of investment over three years of good use and then part exchange for a new machine.
I like the POV John, it almost seems like a model on model railway.
John Prior: Thanks Brian, it does have a bit of a model tilt and shift look, now you mention it, but done in software.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 6 Sep 2011, 16:08
technology at it's best in my opinion. wonderful harvest shot.
John Prior: Thanks Sherri, I always like farm machinery at work at harvest or ploughing, seems to connect with traditional human activity even though the machines are so high tech now with sat nav precision control in the field.
I wonder if you could race these monsters, could be interesting. I keep driving past strange farming engines and think they would make good pictures, perhaps this will inspire me to stop and take a photograph.
John Prior: The Top Gear boys turned one into a snow plough with reasonable success, most have 4WD now

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