The essence of any farm is really the harvest. In particular, autumn is the season most closely associated with harvest, but in reality, something is being harvested in every season. Hay is mown multiple times from spring through fall. Barley and wheat come off at the height of summer. Corn and soybeans are mature in fall of course. Farms like ours that produce milk have a daily harvest.
The harvest is what I am thankful for today, especially when you consider the difficult year it has been for many farmers. Many areas of the country like the midwest were ravaged by drought this year. Crops shriveled and died long before they reached maturity. Average corn yields were the lowest in many years. Grain prices remain incredibly high for those that need it to feed their livestock. Our farm was fortunate to have adequate moisture to attain respectable yields, with soybeans giving near-record bushels per acre. The cows are milking well too – a direct result of the quality feed we were able to produce. So at this time of year when we reflect on the bounty of the harvest, I hope everyone can appreciate all that the earth gives us, even if 2012 is a year you would like to forget.
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Thanks to Holly Spangler for the inspiration to blog for 30 days in November. Check out her 30 Days on a Prairie Farm.