I love these pictures of the "harvest" from another time ... here in Indiana which is also a "bread basket" kind of farm country, we grow wheat and oats, but also corn and soy beans. There is some sweet corn, grown for human consumption and that is picked as soon as the ears are plump and juicy. Tomatoes are also a "commodity crop" - and there are many acres of them produced in Indiana - flying overhead in the summer time when the tomatos are ripe, the fields look like huge trays of green gossamer laced through with strand after strand of red beads. But the payload cash crop here is field corn and soy beans, and those plants are left in the fields until they completely dry out ... the cornfields are green and lush now, and the beans look like oceans of emerald bushes, but by late September they will have turned crackly dry and golden, a splashy accent for turning autumn leaves and the fields will stretch for miles and miles. The dryer the corn and the beans are, the more money they bring at the grain elevators ... and when the huge combines and cornpickers go into the fields for picking, the dust clouds can be seen for many miles. As the harvest season wears on, the farmers work by night as well, and there are often many huge tractors in the large fields, headlights on, working to bring in the crop while the prices are at their best.Then very quietly, after the fields are picked, the deer come out of the woods to share what is left with black birds, crows and wild geese headed north ... Autumn is the only reason to live in Indiana.
Hi Ricka,Thank you so, so much for your comment - it was almost like being in Indiana! I just loved reading it!Well, here in DK August is time to heavest grain....mostly wheat...but also rye and oats..the latter in a minor scale, I think.I don't know when I last saw a field of sweet corn here....instead we have sugar beets, rape, potatos...and grain, grain, grain....you know, we got to feed these 'bacon-pigs' of ours. And I find that the best Danish bacon is still to be found in England....when I go there I'm amazed by it...we don't bacon like that here ;O)))
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