Fall soybean harvest is in full swing, as evidenced by the dust clouds that can be seen throughout West Tennessee. Farm families call it “money”. Others might call it “the reason it does no good to wash your car in the autumn” and “the reason the throat feels tight and allergies have kicked up”. Once the soybeans dry out, a combine comes along, cutting and pushing the plants into the combine and collecting the seeds. It then discards the chaff out the back. The whole process results in a boat-load of dust and debris being kicked up into the air where it can be seen for miles around. And, as Isaac Newton said, “What goes up must come down”. Fortunately, “This, too, shall pass”. Soon, harvest time will be over, the dust will settle, and once again life in the country will return to normal.
“Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.” ~Mario Burata
In the above photo, the deer was feeding out in the back of a soybean field in the middle of a hot afternoon. The photo below was taken at dusk — a cooler time when the light is low and deer are usually more active. We rounded the bend in a road and could see several grazing on vegetation off in the distance.
“Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it love.” ~Unknown
Soybeans before harvest
Soybeans loaded into a waiting truck.
Dust from soybean harvest hanging in the air.
When you see the dust clouds hanging in the air, you know it is harvest time in Tennessee. Here are a few photos from this year’s soybean harvest.
“Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.” ~Douglas William Jerrold
It’s fun to watch the soybean harvest, as dusty as it may be.
“It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in Autumn.” ~B. C. Forbes
I guess the following quote could apply to soybeans as well:
“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.” Robert Fulghum
Click here the Soybean song