Sunday, November 11, 2012

Free Corn and Soybeans

When we go shopping we cross the Illinois river and on our return trip we always look down at the road that leads down to a barge terminal that grain trucks go down to unload onto the barges.  There is also a pumpkin field down there that has had the pumpkins gathered in rows but is still sitting in the field rotting.  I am just amazed that good food is going to waste, oh well not much I can do about it.  When I looked down at the field I could see that there was a couple places on the road that grain had been spilled.  Last month we went down the road a couple of times and swept up a 5 gallon bucket and a 3 gallon bucket of spilled corn and feed it to the chickens and turkeys.   After we put groceries away and ate some supper we went back and swept up and brought home at least 175 lbs of corn and soybeans.  The majority of the spilled grain was corn and a little wet from the little rain we got today.  I have it in the garage and will take some out each day to the chickens and turkeys.  If it was dry we could make it last longer but because it is wet we will have to use it before it spoils.  The road is only about 4 miles from our house so I guess I need to check it out a couple of times a week.  There was still a good 20 lbs still there but we ran out of bags.  For about 10 minutes of work we were able to bring home all this good grain that other wise would have just rotted.

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