Friday, October 9, 2009

Growing Season Ends

Above:  Last night the temperature in GriggsDakota dipped to 23 degrees Fahrenheit. On this day we know that the crop we have is all there will be. While we don't have it all harvested, the growing season has ended. We have had a wet week, with no harvest progress. 
Above:  Every blade of grass sparkled with crystals.
Above:  The flowers seemed to cheerfully smile their farewell.
Above:  The frost coated leaves began to fall by the bushel.
Above:  No more basking in the sunshine. These chairs are headed for storage.
Above:  The day dawned quiet and sunny, but the breeze began to pick up right away.
Above:  The lawn, crisp with frost, recorded every footstep.
Above:  Soon the clouds began to roll in and the wind began to switch to the Northwest.
Above:  The sentinel tree by the Adfarm pinto bean field had littered the ground with its leaves by early afternoon. These beans will be ready to harvest as soon as the weather cooperates.

Above:  This frost is most likely to diminish the corn crop. These temperatures mean the end to its maturation process. This is an early season variety, which will be ready to harvest when it dries down. The test weight will likely be reduced on all corn in the area. Some varieties will be adversely affected more than others. These variations are caused by variety (length of season) and planting date.
Above:  Enlarge this photo and imagine the wind blasting in from the Northwest. The cold weather is here to stay. According to forecasters the temperatures will be below normal for the next ten days or longer. It inspired my dad to tell me about the fall in the thirties that was the prelude to the coldest winter in recorded history. There is a livestock advisory for the weekend with daytime wind chill numbers in the teens. However, despite the cold, the forecast is dry and we will be back in the bean fields as soon as they dry out. 

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