The Cylindrical Silo

In the fall of 2017 our local Farm Bureau sponsored a “Ride on a Combine” fundraiser. Everyone who took part got to ride with a farmer while he harvested a few rows of his corn field.  This is a picture of me, standing on the steps of the combine.  What I learned from talking to the farmer was that his corn crop, far from ending up in a silo, is sold to the local ethanol plant.

Harvesting Corn

October 21, 2017


You might enjoy these recorded books about American rural life:

Recollections of Life in Ohio (1813-1840)


Story of My Boyhood and Youth, by John Muir, who grew up in rural Wisconsin.


The Friendly Road, fiction, rural utopia vs. the “city” at the turn of the 20th century, a book my grandmother received for Christmas in 1919!

And here are some shorter reads (good to listen to on a break or commute):

Early Transportation on the Mississippi

Johnny Appleseed

John Deere’s Self-Scouring Plow

The colors of summer:  Prairie flowers, photos from June, July, and August 2017


Orange prairie flowers

June 16, 2017


Purple prairie flowers

July 11, 2017


Iron weed, magenta flower

Iron weed, August 7, 2017