Yesterday afternoon, hubs and I took a “crop-checking”drive. We usually do one at this time, when the crops are up and another just before harvest.

I wasn’t raised on a farm, but hubs was until his early teens, and the love of farm life in Saskatchewan has never left him. I was raised in a small town of 500 people, the majority of whom were farmers. My grandpa farmed until I was about 5 yrs old and I had many friends and relatives who farmed, so I had enough exposure to farming for me to learn to appreciate agriculture as well.

Thanks to the many good rains we’ve had this year, crops along Hwy 35 south of here are incredibly heavy. Most of them looked as though they were seeded too heavily-that’s how thick they are.

My feature photo is of a canola field. When it’s in bloom, as it is right now, it’s one of my favourite crops to see and photograph.

Our area has rich soil and when I was young the crops were wheat, flax, barley, and oats. Canola, Peas, Lentils, and Canary Seed were added to the lineup over the years.

My hope every year is that our farmers have a successful and bountiful harvest, because they truly do feed the world.

Photography Note: When I checked this photo for post processing needs, I was pleased to see that I had shot the horizon almost completely level. It needed only the tiniest straightening tweak. I read in a photography course many years ago, that a crooked horizon is one of the first signs of an amateur photographer and that has always stuck with me. Our flat prairie landscapes here definitely show up a crookedly shot horizon, so that’s always the first thing that catches my eye when I’m reviewing my photos.

“If we cultivate the land to grow enough crops, humanity will not go hungry.”

Lailah Gifty Akita