The small farmers were hit hard in the heat and drought. The corn that is not irrigated is burning up.
This is a field by Donnie’s place. I doubt if it will even make silage.
The beans are turning brown and yellow. They are irrigated.
Heavily irrigated as water has been standing in this spot all summer, a mosquito breading hole…and a waste of water. For a long time I was taking photos of the irrigators watering the roadways…I finally gave up. This bean field is across from our driveway.
The helicopter was out spraying the potato fields.
Chance and I watched from the corner. The pilot just misses those high line wires.
The helicopter pilot lands on top of the truck to be loaded with more “stuff.” I always wonder what they are spraying..probably a fungicide this time of year.
Years ago I can remember my parents going for drives to see how the crops were coming along, and who had weeds, and where the Hoary Alysum and Wild Mustard was spreading to. The weeds didn’t last long in our fields, we were all sent out to pull the weeds if they invaded a corner of the field.
My parents used to take pride in their crops and how they were growing, how the fields were planted perfectly using all the space available. I am not seeing that in corporate fields.
Potato harvest usually begins right after Labor Day. Many of the fields were planted late. I saw some fields of potatoes that were still blooming just last week.
This field of potatoes was planted twice, the first time the seed potatoes rotted in the ground.
Chance and I made the rounds of our area fields on Friday afternoon:)