In Farm Country, You Can Tell the Seasons By the Fields
Where I live on the central south shore of Lake Erie, this is farm country. To the east and the west are metropolitan areas that are converging on this rural area, but not any time soon will the family farmers give up their way of living that goes back generations in many cases.
Until I was away from here for a number of years, I didn't appreciate the beauty and uniqueness that are the fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Small farms, large farms -- each one is different but with enough in common to shout "familiarity" to even the casual observer.
Right now, much of the corn has been harvested, with the farmers plowing under the residual stalk material for the winter. Soybean fields are turning more yellow each day and cool night, with the harvest to happen soon.
In spring, some of the most beautiful sights are those of freshly-plowed fields, rich brown earth replacing the white blanket of winter.
During the summer, everything is green, albeit different shades of green. The wheat, the corn, the soybeans grow at varying rates. The rule of thumb for sweet corn is to be "knee high by the 4th of July" for an on-time initial picking.
Even in the winter, the fields with their expanses of unbroken snow have their own allure.
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