On our long cycle ride to Rolly View, the roads were largely empty of vehicular traffic, until we hit the section between Airport Road and Rolly View Road. Our first warning should have been the long trail of muddy clumps on the pavement, but reality came, when I looked behind to see a monster tractor pulling a huge wagon closing on us quickly. It rumbled by us with dusty grain stalks swirling behind. Hmmmm, looks like it was silage time.
As I mentioned in previous posts, the County of Leduc has declared an agricultural disaster. This was evident in the sparse stalks of grain, which were also shorter in height. Rather than plow the crops under, some farmers elected to create silage out of them, particularly the oat crops, which have excellent livestock feed value. Thus, we were seeing silage wagon after silage wagon rolling by us.
These photos were taken on August 21, 2020.
On our return trip, we soon saw the field where silage harvesting was going on. It was a beehive of activity for sure.
And still, closer to home, we saw a swather working. A Redtail Hawk was circling, but soon flew off with his catch that had scurried out of the machine’s path. Even the swathed crop did not look exactly bountiful.
As my father always used to say….”Farming is Next Year country.” Hope they at least get all the crops off, this year.