Milo Harvest 2008

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September 27th 2009
Published: October 12th 2009
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 Video Playlist:

1: Milo Harvest 08 Part One 267 secs
2: Milo Harvest 08 Part Two 272 secs
3: Rice Harvest Machine-Vietnam 116 secs
In October 2008 my former Rotary Exchange Student Trang Nguyen and her husband Huan Tran came to the United States to have their wedding blessed.
While they were here they also performed at the 2008 Rotary District Conference in Wichita Kansas. It was also an opportunity for Huan to see some of the places Trang enjoyed while she was here as an Exchange Student in 1999-00 and later as a college student in Barton County Community College in Great Bend Kansas.
Huan is an actor and Trang is an Airline Flight Attendant for Vietnam Airlines. Experiencing a Kansas Milo Harvest was one of the highlights Huan got to enjoy. Since 80 % of his countrymen work on farms with mostly hand labor, experiencing a mechanized harvest operation was something very new to him.
In 2000 when I had Trang on the combine during wheat harvest, I asked her if they had combines in Vietnam. She said: "If we had these machines, there would not be any jobs for anyone."
Well, jobs maybe getting scarce as mechanization has come to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. On a trip there in the spring of 09 I saw my first rice combine in Vietnam. The video is not very good but you can see they have the machine on tracks, not wheels, so it can go through mud easier. As we go by you can see the header too. It looks to be about 8 or 10 feet. Overall, I would say the machine is about 1/5 the size of our machine in the first video.
Also in the video, you get to see the practice of Vietnamese farmers laying out their grain to dry on the highways. This is done all over Vietnam. Rice is harvested at high moisture and has to dry before it can be stored. You also see some rude motorbike drivers, driving right through the rice to pass the slow moving combine. I have rarely seen this as most Vietnamese or more considerate of the farmer’s grain.


12th October 2009

It seems that Trang and her husband had such a great time right there . I never had the chance to see a Harvest becuase it was winter , Do you remember? Anyways I think I had such a great time at Kansas. Here in David I guess we should have those machines, but I'm kind of curious because I live in what I can call the Country side ; However I haven't seen one of those before. Well that's all for now... take care. Edgar
13th October 2009

Milo Harvest
Very interesting. Machinery has changed since I was last in a harvest field back in the 1940s ans 50s. I thought it was interesting about how the Vietnamese use the roads to dry their rice. Ray
19th October 2009

My 1st 'virtual' milo harvest.
Thanks for the milo harvest experience. Loved getting to see the handsome newlywed couple! Give them our best.
21st April 2011

need to know
when are you expost to plan and harvest milo?
25th April 2011

Milo Harvest
Dear sabretooth, Milo is planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. Kent
28th May 2011

thank you Mr.Ken
I was born in Lang nicknam Gung ,i am currently living and working in ho chi minh city .I happened across travelblog ,i sincerely thank you very much Mr Ken ,thank you for doing good things for uor village

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