Saturday, October 07, 2006

Signs of harvest are everywhere!

Signs of harvest are all around us, reminding us to be thankful for the farmers presenting us with their crops. There is a popular sign displayed in many spots locally, one announcing;

“If you ate today, thank a farmer”.

Each time we venture out in for a drive somewhere, we see continual changes in the landscaping before us. Farmers are outdoors, bundled up and working hard ploughing fields, turning the soil over showing the rich dark brown colors below the earth’s core.

Freshly ploughed fields sometimes steamy hot.

Machinery is being repaired for winter outside the barns; sometimes we get a glance of someone’s legs underneath the mammoth equipment and hear banging sounds where those legs are resting.

Machinery is being well cared for lately in farmer's yards.

Hay from fields is either stacks high (see my blog on “High hay”) to save room within the barn housing from storing the huge loads, or some farmers use a combine which rolls the hay into large rolls, covering them with white plastic to remind us of large marshmallows. Often though, we see those hay rolls inside a steel overhang next to the barns, wondering how they would fit inside anyway if able.

Fields clear with "high hay" piled up next to the barn, dimished in size from their very size next to it.

The harvest is upon us, with corn off the stalks yet those light brown stalks are only being cut little by little, and bundled to be brought before the cows for feed in the barn.

Remnants of corn stalks without their corn
in husks left hanging on them anymore.

There is much to go, seemingly the last of the crops around, with the exception being soya beans. Initially we figures with the ugly brown stalks left standing at attention, all the actual product was removed with a combine of sorts. No, no, no we are told, finger wagging at us, the product doesn’t get removed for a while yet. It’s difficult to believe just how brown those soya beans are, when I envision them being green like the color of grass. Not so with this type of seed. These ones are for producing soya milk locally.

Can you say "UGLY" brown soya beans?

There are still continual country traffic jams, with farmers on the roads with their machinery bringing in the harvests. Amazing speed limits on these country roads are posted at 90km/hr, so with a tractor jam, one really notices the limited speeds until able to pass them.

Country traffic jams continue to alert drivers to slow down.