Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Through The Seasons Part 3

The series I started back during the first part of May continues. The first photo below was taken on May 5, 2010 at about 6:00 p.m.
The photo below was taken at about 8:30am on June 5, 2010.
This most recent photo in the series was taken at 10:00am on July 5.
Back in the day, it used to be said if the corn was "knee high by the 4th of July", the farmer could be assured of having a good crop. Today, with regular irrigation, chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, and faster growing varieties of corn, farmers need the corn to be a light taller than knee high to get a good crop. The corn in the closest field below would be nearly chest high on me (I'm 5'7").

If you look at the far right of the picture, just above the grass of the hillside in the foreground, you'll see a field of wheat that is nearly ready to be cut. Harvest should start within the next week or so.
And for a little variety, here is a photograph taken at about the same time as the last one above. The location is about two miles to the west and looking south into the South Platte River Valley (as opposed to the North Platte River Valley in the photos above). Here you can see two fields on either side of the road in the foreground, in which the wheat is nearly ready to be harvested. In the middle distance you can see a few more too.
Three months into my year-long series.

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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