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57 Harvesting in Russia

Harvesting in Russia

Posted on August 21, 2009 by


Russian harvest

Harvesting time is the busiest period in the Russian agrarian region and it lasts just for a month or so. Once the crops are ripe, they have just 20 days to harvest it or 30 days if they have a special grain drier. The fields are enormous, but as the schedule is tight, hundreds of combines work in fields day and night, processing 6 square kilometers of area per shift, each of them harvesting 130-160 tones of grain daily. A combine operator gets $1.300 thousand salary a month on the average, and as the work is seasonal he doesn’t earn anything the rest of the year. Each of the working vehicles has air conditioning systems, and with the temperature going above 90 degrees Fahrenheit sitting in the cabin is like sitting in hell.

Russian harvest 2

When the grain container id full, the drives goes to the storehouse and unloads the harvested crops – he opens one of the sections and quickly walks away. Once the grain is on the floor, a special loader car picks up what it can gather and the rest of the grain is handpicked by workers. The crops have a lot of dirt, not only various little sticks and husk, but insects as well, so naturally all this is carefully removed by letting grains through separator machines. In the end, the grain is dried and cleaned once again. The final product is packed and driven to mills. That is how we get bread, is there anybody who still believes that it grows in the stores? :)

Russian harvest 3

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57 Responses to “Harvesting in Russia”

  1. rivel says:

    trees make seeds!!!

  2. Kirov says:

    What is not mentioned is bad state of Russian agriculture. Outdated farms and machinery, subject to corruption by officails many farmers decide to switch to trade or so. Russia imports almost everything, cannot feed it s own population nowadays. Sad. Government does nothing, is focusing on gas

  3. pimp says:

    Drunk Russians at work, hard to believe.

  4. DMW says:

    What do you mean by “bread doesn’t grow in the stores”? Next thing you’re going to tell me that there’s no Santa? C’mon!

    Once again; good capture by Ilya and his “Canon 5D Mark II”

  5. Dennis says:

    Where in Russia were the photos taken?

  6. nick says:

    heck, this looks more like america, but i guess times are changing even in russia.

    if only all the kolkhozy in russia looked like this.

    • Kirov says:

      This is the best I’ve ever seen – but this is not the standard kolchoz. Unfortunately. We could be the food provider for Europe and asia with our massive territory!!! But the incompetent government, the burocracy and the cancerous corruption destroy everything, all motivation is nipped in the bud [?]. Ys.

    • BillyRayGun says:

      In America and Canada robotic GPS enabled combines are becoming quite common.

  7. ivan123 says:

    somewhere in Belgorod region

  8. Jonny says:

    Good Machines they use, its Claas, these machines are build not far from my hometown. German high-quality workmanship. :)

    • Sergey says:

      This is something exclusive. Most of russian agriculture machines are quite old but still functional – perfect soviet technology ))

    • Mathieu says:

      These machines are made (assemblated) in Russia, to krasnadar in the south of Russia, even if Claas is a german Brand. Claas has a factory here. Most of the parts come from Germany but a few are suplied by russian industries.

    • дима says:

      indeed, Germany is one of our biggest trading partners in Europe.

      Jews in the US government don’t want to trade with Russia, at least Germany is willing to modernize us. German equipment is amazing, have had the pleasure of working with it myself.

    • Ivan Mikhailov says:

      These Claas are probably made in Rostov-Na-Donu or even more probably in Krasnodar, but not in Germany. And their market share is so-so, local Yenisey and the like are still very popular because they’re much cheaper and better adapted to local conditions.

      • Mathieu says:

        In fact they a don t have a lot of success. Claas built his factory to krasnadar 7 years ago and they were planning to produce 1000 harvesters a year. They did it only after 6 years. The factory looks nice and well organized but the machines are still too expensive for russian market. Russian harvesters are twice less expensive. The main advantage to produce in russia is that a part of the purchasing price is payed by the russian government (nearly 35%) and that you can avoid the duties at the border. For example, John Deere, who produces high qualitity harvesters exports its machines from USA and don t sell as much as Claas because he has 20% of duties on its harvesters + carriage and the farmers don t receive governmental help on the John Deere products because it is not considered as a russian production. If you want to sell some products in russia, you have to produce them in russia.(I am not speaking about clothes, makeup, parfum…) but about useful equipments for the country.

  9. JWS says:

    i wonder how many of those harvesters were stolen in germany and found their way through poland and other corrupt countries to russia…

  10. Steamed McQueen says:

    German harvesting equipment and American trucks (although Freightliner is part of Mercedes-Benz)…

    But anything Russian is good and anything not Russian is not good, right?

  11. SSSR says:

    I wonder which trucking company those tractors came from!

    The red one looks like it came from England trucking in USA.

  12. You say the combine operators work only one month a year. In the Great Plains of the U.S. there are combine crews that start in the south and work their way north as the grain ripens in the more northerly climates. Or at least it used to work that way. It’s not year-round work, but it’s longer than just a month. Is there anything like that in Russia, with combine crews following the harvest?

  13. Eepy Bird says:

    That machinery operator has good taste in club teams..hehe
    Viva AC Milan!!!!

  14. farmboy says:

    Many people don’t see agriculture as an honourable work, maybe they don’t eat. Good job, guys.

  15. Sahsa Pasha Pasha says:

    Reminds me of the part of America where I live. It looks so familiar. Is this the European part of Russia, or is this in Siberia?

    • Mathieu says:

      This is the european part, close to ukrainian border. Russian and ukrainian fields look like americans: they are as huge, very large. Also they use huge truck to carry the grain whereas in european union we use a tractor+tipping trailer: 40km/hours maximum. Another dimension. Huge countries, huge fields and huge machines.

  16. Lord Cunt says:

    Going by the license plate code on the trucks (31), this is in the Belgorod Oblast, which is in the far west of Russia, bordering Belarus.

  17. The real Jason says:

    I am sure the farmers lease the 2 tractors-semi trucks 1 time a year for around $600 a month.But where do the trucks come from?

    I drove a Volvo for 2 months until I had to swap it for a Freightliner.The Volvo was like a oversize Mercedes.

  18. Finnish Trash says:

    Are you sure these pictures are from Russia?? Everything looks so clean and well perserved!

    • CZenda says:

      I would say it is a promotion of a manufacturer/dealer. The machines look brand new – I cannot imagine anybody would be able to keep them THIS good-looking after a year or two of heavy deployment. And I do not think it is normal everyday practice to have a national flag on a combine – even in nationalistic Russia.
      Possibly they are e.g. the first Claas machines made in Russia?

      • Mathieu says:

        Yes some of these shots were used for claas advertisments, in Russia. I ve seen the one with the russian flag in an agricultural russian paper.

  19. Gravel says:

    Nice bugs….

  20. omg says:

    Farmers like rape!

  21. -Kzk says:

    So this is how beetles are separated from bread…

  22. Nino says:

    HA HA. Such a show off. modern machines and so long. State propaganda. i wish…

    • altima says:

      yeah, usually they use KAMAZes. and the KAMAZes are better because unlike these trucks they have no problem driving off-road

  23. Alexey says:

    Ha! It is nice! I think that in Russia we have just 3 or 4 such modern machines. But look here: http://alter-gregor.livejournal.com/193156.html It happens today.

  24. Kelly says:

    @Vladimir80 — You’re right. I grew up in Kansas, and had the opportunity to ride in the combine with a local farmer once. Air conditioning and stereo. The only thing hellish about it is the boredom of going back and forth all day.

  25. SSSR says:

    I wonder what percentage of wheat is used for vodka production.

  26. who dares wins says:

    Funnily enough, we harvest in the UK as well. Amazing

  27. jonny guitar says:

    the grain is full of bugs.. is that normal?

  28. Sir Lox Elroy says:

    If you are talking about the Rigs, they are Freightliners, check pic 47 (If I counted correctly, lost count once).

  29. Pacific NW says:

    How do the remove the little bugs?

  30. mda says:

    Where are old “NIVA” combines? :D
    Modern Russian, Class combines, American trucs.
    Whats next? :)

  31. biedak says:

    nie te czasy

  32. Taupey says:

    You eat the ones they miss.

    You think someone is going to spend time picking every little bug out?

    Not very practical or realistic!

    Beautiful pictures make me homesick.

    I can’t wait to move back to the country.

  33. Brandon says:

    Those Semi trucks were American freightliners, I’m curious where the combines were from.

  34. Irvin Jeff says:

    Do you really think this is true?

  35. ara says:

    hmmm very educational

  36. Coupon Vlad says:

    They bleach the wheat to remove and kill any bugs, that’s why you often see bleached wheat :)

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