Being a farmer’s daughter, you can imagine how happy I was to see this sign, just out of Quincy as we’ve been driving to the far corners of our mission area this last week. I asked President Lewis to pull over every time I spotted a different crop so I could take photos. It was pretty exciting to put some labels on what we’ve been seeing as we drive. Hope you enjoy this lesson on local crops and produce. There are many other things grown here, but this gives you a nice sampling of what’s growing here now.
Lima beans and beans have obviously already been harvested and now field corn and sunflowers are grown in these fields. The field corn is used for silage and mixed into feed for cattle. There are quite a few large dairies here too.
Of course there are dozens of varieties of apples growing now–mile after mile of apple orchards on hills, in valleys and in every spot the irrigation water reaches. Right now hundreds of thousands of bins are stacked sky high and empty by the packing sheds. It’s hard to image that soon they will be filled with apples that will be shipped all over the world. We are living in such a beautiful and rich agricultural area!