Iowa Harvest

Fields of corn and dust as the combine harvester chops down the whole plant, splices the kernel off the ear and spits out the cob leaving the golden harvest.  The modern day thrashing has made the work fast with tons of corn in a day.  Down the road the ethanol plant will purchase truck loads with jobs for the locals and help to the rural economy.

If the corn is not sold it will be stored in the silos and cribs or fed to pigs who are raised in confinements.  Thousands of pigs confined to small pens where their pig shit falls into a pit to be used as fertilizer.  Fallow are the fields that beckon the first frost.   Fallow are the fields that glow with the first snow.

Winter hardened ground

Frozen against the sharp plow

After harvest time

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dVerse prompt on haibun Monday and the first frost

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Iowa Harvest

Iowa Winter

New Year’s Eve had snow 

Cold and windy

13° warming up

Robersons shoveled walk and drive

Sunny -8°

Starting to snow

16° cloudy

Snow 1″

Robersons shoveled our walk again

Snow again 1″

Robersons shoveled!

Started snowing about 2″

Robersons shoveled again

Didn’t do anything 

too cold and windy

Still cold and windy

20° below zero

30° below zero

Our house nice and warm

0° warming up

16° snowing

Snowed most all day

Robersons shoveled again

Still snowing

4″ fell since yesterday

Robersons shoveled our walk

-20° sunny

More snow

Still below zero

Robersons shoveled again

-13° sunny

0° warming up

Snowed a little in the night

Robersons shoveled snow

21° windy 

Snowed all night

Robersons shoveled our snow again

-2° windy blowing snow

-10° cold

31° warmed up

Warmed up 

Warmed up

Warmed up

20° started snowing and blowing

20° snowing and ice

Trees and wires covered by ice

Ice still on trees 

Lots of broken limbs

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Memoir of Iowa winter January and February 1985 and good neighbors to my aging parents

Iowa Winter