Tuesday, July 12, 2011

force of nature..........

Being a farmer's daughter, I've seen all the different factors that play into
a successful farming operation.  
The one thing you have no control over is Mother Nature.
I can remember very distinctly growing up the "year of the drought."
And then there was the "year of the flood".  
Invasions of different types of bugs on the plants.
Wind storms.
Some years of bumper crops thanks to the weather and other
years of lower yields strictly due to a force of mother nature.

And as anyone who lives in Iowa knows, straight line winds
greatly affected the crops  in four different counties yesterday.
 If you weren't raised on a farm and haven't seen the blood, sweat and tears that go
into working your land, planting, tending, spraying and harvesting your crop
 (along with so many 
other factors that I don't know about) 
you probably won't be quite as affected by these pictures as I
and many other farmers and their families are.
I was thankful to have my husband squeezing my hand tight as we drove past the first field of my
dad's, then the second, third and so on and realizing the devastation that hit every single one of his corn fields.
This is an image of how straight the corn was standing two days ago.

And the rest are images from my dad's cornfields.

They were trying their hardest to make the corn stand up:((

And Josef was very worried about this sign.

As with every other weather catastrophe, they will move forward.
Today, things look a little better. 
The corn is standing up a little taller and everyone is realizing how fortunate we all
were that no one was seriously injured or killed in this storm.
Lots of love going out to my dad and mom,
 my brothers and their wives, 
and every other farmer 
affected by the storm yesterday.  

"better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles" ~~ Maltbie Babcock

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