Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Golden Fields

We have several CRP ( Conservation Reserve Program) fields in our area where the wildflowers take over.

Field of Goldenrod

This field is full of Goldenrod…many different Goldenrods…Solidago is it’s real name and there are at least fifteen different varieties in Minnesota.

Small Grain Field 

This is a Corporate Farm field.  It wasn’t exactly amber waves of grain this year.   The grain harvest is over.  The grain was full of smut or rust or something that caused the whole field to look black before it was harvested.  Too much rain for grain fields this year…plus they irrigated when it wasn’t raining…you could see the black go out from the little potholes in the fields.  The dryland farmers had much better grain fields than the corporate farmer.  Yeah for the small farmer!

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15 comments:

  1. Love fields of wildflowers! Actually any flower!

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  2. around here the wheat and oats are cut and the goldenrod is coming into its glory

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  3. Let's hear it for the small farmer. Seems they are smarter than the big guys. I love goldenrod.

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  4. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the share!
    Sophia

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  5. Pretty, and I bet there are a lot of happy bees busy in there.

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  6. Conservation reserve program sounds like a very good idea.

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  7. We had a few fileds of amber waving grain. We saw a lot of black too! Too darn much rain!!

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  8. Love the field of goldenrod. But if you get hayfever from them--not so good--LOL!
    Hurray for the small farmers! :)

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  9. I am really allergic to goldenrod and I struggle this time of the year here in GA. I will never forget visiting a friend one time, who had planted it in a row by her front porch! lol

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  10. Farming is one tuff job I know I grew up on a farm but it is all well worth it in the end that's for sure . I love fields full of wild flowers and grasses as well as fields full of corn and grains . Where there are big farms there is the little guys that help more then they know . Lovely photos , It has finally cooled down here in Ontario no humidity and cool breezes a welcomed break from heat and humidity . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  11. Sounds like the corporation did not know what they were doing ...

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  12. Farming is always at the mercy of the whims of nature. Love the golden field.

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  13. I remember when my dad in the old days had to mow the field laying the growth down to stop erosion, before he was able to collect the check. My dad terraced a lot of his hills that he farmed and was glad to have some subsidy. All of his farm was southern Iowa clay soil. Black soil was hard to find.

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