OK~ Here we are in another harvest season here in Iowa. 2013 was a very challenging Spring, as we had record rainfall. Several acres of prime crop land went unplanted in our area, as many insurance plans would not allow the farmer to plant after such and such a date. The interesting part of all of this is the fact that it is now October 10th and we have not had a freeze. So, the crops that were planted and mudded in, are actually going to do well!
There is not a whole lot of corn harvesting going on yet, but soybean harvest is in full swing!
The change from Summer to Fall seems to happen quickly here in Iowa. The soybeans and corn are very green and then in a relatively short period of time, the plants are ready to be picked. Here's what an Iowa soybean field looks like from the cab of a combine.
Our farmers all across the United States put in a lot of hours to get food on our tables. The combines will run from dawn until dusk, and then some. The combines of today have auto steer, lots of electronics on board, as well as headlights in every direction to keep 'em going after dark.
And just remember, if you happen to meet a farmer with a tractor and wagon on the road, keep your distance.
The farmers are going in and out of field driveways and making turns where it's sometimes hard to see. Give them space and don't forget to wave! You know, farmers are some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?