Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pinto Beans In Bloom

The pinto bean field is lush with green growth. 
A closer look reveals that this field is in bloom. 
If flowers promise beans, the field hold a lot of promise. It is not that simple, of course. The leaves above have been torn by hail stones and spattered with mud by heavy rain. 
The tender blossom seem so delicate. I ponder how something so fragile and pretty can produce the practical brown beans full of fiber and protein that will be the crop.
We will need heat and luck to produce a bumper crop this year. We are far away from success and the season has not inspired confidence.
As that thought forms in my mind, I push it aside and smile. Farming takes optimism. We'll walk through our days and hope for a bean at every flower. The sun is shining in GriggsDakota.

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