Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Season of harvest in southeastern Minnesota, a photo essay October 13, 2014

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Rural Rice County, Minnesota, west of Faribault.

Rural Rice County, west of Faribault.

ACRE UPON ACRE OF CORN unfolds in the mixed sunshine and grey skies of an October afternoon in southeastern Minnesota.

East of Morristown, Minnesota, along Rice County Road 15.

Harvest underway east of Morristown, along Rice County Road 15.

It is the season of harvest.

Just west of North Morristown, Minnesota.

Just west of North Morristown.

Cornfields roll into soybean fields, some harvested, some not.

Semis await the harvest in southeastern LeSueur County.

Semis await the harvest in southeastern LeSueur County.

Harvesting just south of Faribault off Rice County Road 45.

Harvesting just south of Faribault off Rice County Road 45.

A semi ready to be filled with corn.

A semi ready to be filled with soybeans.

Trucks and tractors and combines labor or await the farmers who will toil day into dark to reap that which they’ve planted and tended and watched until now.

Bins likely have been emptied for the new crop.

Bins likely have been emptied for the new crop.

Corn fills a wagon at a farm site east of Morristown along Rice County Road 15.

Corn fills a wagon at a farm site east of Morristown along Rice County Road 15.

More bins to bank the harvest.

More bins to bank the harvest.

Corn brims wagons like a stash of gold, banks of bins or the local grain elevator ready for harvest delivery.

In rural Rice County, a wagon at the harvest ready.

In rural Rice County, a wagon at the harvest ready.

This is the season the farmer awaits.

Waiting...

Waiting…

This October, this harvest time.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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17 Responses to “Season of harvest in southeastern Minnesota, a photo essay”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    Cyndie & I just spent this last weekend on my cousin’s farm just across the river from us in Wisconsin. Gorgeous weather, family fun and a ton of food. We made grandma’s potato dumplings; we processed 100#’s of potatoes. Very filling.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    It is definitely harvest time in our area, too. I am not sure how much is getting done today since it is raining a bit but it will get done eventually.

  3. Don Singsaas Says:

    Oh how I miss harvest time, the sights, smells, crispness in the air and the list goes on and on……. Growing up in Minnesota, Autumn and harvest time were my favorite parts of the year and I never realized how much I would miss it when I moved away. Sad how much we tend to take for granted the little things in life that give us so much enjoyment. Thanks for the pictures and the memories!!!

  4. hotlyspiced Says:

    Gorgeous images, Audrey. Doesn’t look like the residents have to put up with too many traffic issues. Love the image of the red wagon filled with corn xx

  5. Jackie Says:

    Love harvest time, I need to get out on a drive soon and catch the farmers in the field! Hope this rain doesn’t delay too much. Beautiful photo’s Audrey!

  6. Thread crazy Says:

    Beautiful pics Audrey…love the rolling terrain..so gorgeous. We’ve had some harvest of corn and maze here and still some corn in fields. The panhandle has some cotton but it’s flat as a pancake up there! Had some rain over past few days and so it’ll be awhile now before they get to bring it in. Was a gloomy day here Sunday and some yesterday, but I see Mr. Sun coming out in his full glory today!


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