Friday, June 03, 2005

far and away

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In answer to yesterdays question = the farms around here are large, but nothing in comparison to the wheat operations in Kansas or Saskatchewan. This picture was taken just before the fields were planted. The tight cadre of buildings is surrounded by open fields, and the farmhouses are separated by what I judge to be at least 1 or 2 miles on average. Farther west of here (about 40 miles) those distances increase by about double. The farmhouses seem very far removed from each other.

The building in this photo appear to be insignificant in size, but they are not. The silo is between 2 1/2 to 3 stories tall. This farmer plants 2,500 acres of his own property and another 17,500 acres of rented land for a total of 20,000 acres! That alot of land to plow and harvest!

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