ALONG GRAVEL ROADS and across fields, farm machinery kicked up dust, shrouding rural southeastern Minnesota in pockets of hazy grey.
Dust sometimes trailed plumes behind tractors.
In small towns, tractors pulling grain wagons and trucks loaded with corn or soybeans waited at local elevators.
And bees wings drifted, tinting Main Street and sidewalks red.
In township after township after township, I observed farmers gathering in the crops and working the land on Saturday. A good drying day. Sunshine and crisp temps. Perfect to finish the harvest.
A day trip drive this time of year requires patience as combines, trucks and tractors clog roadways, slowing traffic. But that’s OK. Sometimes we need to creep along, to simply appreciate this land and the farmers who plant, tend and gather in the crops.
© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling