Planting season in farm country is a time of expectations—hope that the weather is favorable for crop production, anticipation that markets will offer a profit, and faith that the Almighty will look kindly on your efforts.
Harvest time is a gut check, a dose of reality that obliterates any false hopes that this crop might be a little better than it has looked all season, or that, once again, against heavy odds, a few parcels of land will beat expectations, fill the bins and put enough money in the bank to do it all one more year.
Harvest is report card time, when the cows come home, the chickens come in to roost and the hay is made.
It’s my favorite time of the year—most years. When wheat harvest in May and June keep combines running until moisture or darkness chases them out of the field, it’s a good time to be in farm country. When grain carts have to hustle to keep up with combines during corn or grain sorghum harvest, farmers tend to smile a bit more. When vegetable harvest coincides with good weather and favorable prices, folks celebrate. And when fall weather is warm, dry and clear, cotton and peanut farmers work long hours to gather the fruits of a summer’s hard work.
In anticipation of another harvest season, here are a few of my favorite harvest time photos.