I photographed this nostalgic scene at a harvest festival. As you can see, separating the wheat kernels from the straw is quite an undertaking and requires a crew of hard-working men and women.
The wheat is brought to the thresher on a wagon. Using pitchforks, workers feed the wheat into the machine which separates the kernels from the straw.
The grain goes to a shoot that has a collection bag at the end. The worker at this station must be ready to change bags fast or risk losing part of the hard-earned grain. The straw goes to a baler and the chaff is blown out of another shoot.
Here's one thing that I know for sure: I would never had made it as a crew member at threshing time! I'd be toast within an hour of such hard work.