Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fall Farm Scenes in Kansas

Fall is one of the busiest times on the farms of Washington County. It's the time for harvest of Corn, Milo (Grain Sorghum), Soybeans, and Sunflowers. This is also the time that Winter Wheat is planted. This was an especially difficult Fall for farmers to get the work done, with slow maturing crops, about two to three weeks behind normal and rain interrupting the field work. The harvest is finally winding down in early November with several days of favorable weather. These are scenes across the County and northern Clay County of the Fall crops and harvest.

Corn has been planted on more acres each year in Washington County, as farmers plant less Milo. This is a field just east of Hanover.

Cornfield in the Little Blue River bottoms east of Washington

A large hill south of Barnes with a cornfield in the foreground

Winter Wheat is planted in late September and October and is harvested in June and July the following year. This is a field of newly seeded wheat near Hanover.

Wheat growing on a hillside

Soybean field in the foreground and the ruins of a country school in the background between Hanover and Washington

Harvesting Soybeans on my farm along Peats Creek west of Linn

A field of Sunflowers awaits harvest on my neighbor's farm near Linn

Closeup of a Sunflower seed head

Milo (Grain Sorghum) is widely grown in Kansas, in fact the state is number one in Milo production. It's primarily used as livestock feed. The next photos show fields of ripening Milo.

Milo field north of Hanover

Closeup of Milo

A field of Milo northeast of Washington

Harvesting Milo near Linn

My Brother-in-law harvesting Milo in northern Clay County on Veteran's Day

Many farmers have semis to haul grain from the field to the elevator

The grain elevator in Greenleaf

A pile of Milo at the Farmers Coop in Hanover