Saturday, September 19, 2009

Autumn on the Farm

Harvesting of grain is nearly finished here but some canola is still laying in the fields, drying down.  There was so much late green growth, due to poor germination this spring, that now harvesting is delayed.  The yields are greatly reduced - a complete reversal from last year's bumper crop.  Hay crops are a fraction of what is needed to get animals through the coming winter and lots of grain crops in our area have gone into greenfeed or silage.  Pastures are pretty well grazed off and some people are starting to feed their cattle already.  This has not been a good year for farmers!

I like driving through the countryside at this time of year, especially in the early evening.   As the sun sets, everything takes on a lovely golden hue and the sky is always interesting.  The leaves are slow to change color this year and I don't think we're going to see the bright reds  that we got last year.     Daytime temperatures are still in the mid-20's and we haven't had any frost yet!  Hopefully this warm weather will continue for a few more weeks.

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