Siouxland Harvest, Sioux County

24 Oct

Last week I ventured north of Sioux City into Sioux County, a more rural, agricultural part of Siouxland. The soybean harvest was done, and I had heard from others it had been completed for a while, as the beans had matured and been ready for picking earlier than normal. But then again, with the last few years of wacky weather, what is normal? A number of farmers were out with their combines harvesting their corn crop. It has been wet then dry then wet again this fall, so most times farmers must wait until noon or after for the corn to be at a dry enough level for picking. And it has already rained this week, so their harvest schedule may again be off, or the moisture content of their corn high, which would bring a lower price at market.

My dad never said this while farming, but this occupation is not for the faint of heart. There are so many forces and variables outside of a farmer’s control, that faith and optimism are a must, otherwise you might find yourself living in a perpetual state of gloom.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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