This was the view across the road yesterday when the farmers could finally get into the fields to harvest.

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I always love that golden glow.

And this was the same view today.


So disheartening! Everything will be wet again which clogs up the combine in nothing flat! Living in farm country, we are very sympathetic to the hardships our neighbors are enduring this fall.

Say a prayer for a farmer.

33 thoughts on “Finally!

  1. Bonnie

    I am praying for all farmers. My husband grew up on a farm and what a hard life he had. Up before the sun to milk cows and then off to school. Milking again in the evening and then homework. Lost one of his fingers at age 10. Should have been in school but was kept home to help harvest. And they depended on the weather for growing, harvesting etc. Such a hard life. I do believe if my father-in-law had a chance at an education he would not have chosen farming as a way of life. My husband didn’t, much to his mother’s chagrin!!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Bonnie – your husband’s childhood sounds like a carbon copy of Rick’s – a hard life as a farm kid.

  2. Debbie Archer

    I can’t wait to see the fields and things you talk about in person. We are moving to Forest City from Reno, Nv and will arrive tomorrow.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Debbie Archer – wow! Welcome to North Iowa! What brings you to Forest City? Do you have pets? Are you a quilter?

      1. Debbie Archer

        My son and family settled here a little over 5 years ago. We’ve visited many times and really liked it. I am a quilter. The first pieced quit I made was from a pattern and fabric purchased from your shop before you closed.
        As for pets we have 3 dogs in the house. Two belong to my husband and myself and the third to my daughter.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Debbie Archer – would you like to meet for coffee after you get settled?

          1. Debbie Archer

            Yes, I would love,too. We are finally getting things moved into the house. We should be settled soon.

  3. Joyce Alban

    It has been an extremely hard year trying to farm here in MD this year , rain when trying to plant the crop, couldn’t get our straw baled in July due to 20+ inches of rain, Sept and Oct have been the same , just got done harvesting the corn silage for the cows about a month and half late, now to make a little late hay, plant the wheat and harvest the corn and soybeans. Your right pray for the farmers and their families.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Joyce Alban – wow! That sounds just like Iowa! It’s been a terrible year to be a farmer -the weather has just fought our neighbors left and right. I will say my prayer for all farmers once again.

  4. Alice

    Here in southern Ohio it is cold & raining. Many of our farmers in the area do not have their corn & soybeans in yet. I pray we have some dry days so that they’re able to get into the fields. Having been raised on a farm I understand how much the weather in pacts farmers lives! On a different note, thought you would like to know the little dog we were fostering has worked out beautifully. No problems with him at all. He has a forever home with us. Haven’t had a dog yet that didn’t respond to being loved on & given treats!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Alice – I am a foster failure and it looks like you are, too. So happy you’re keeping him – he needed you and vice versa.

  5. Diane in Central Ohio

    Snow!! We have had so much rain in Central Ohio, but can’t complain when I look at the pictures from Florida. I live about an hour plus from Amish Country. Last year, I drove up in May and an Amish farmer was plowing with 6 beautiful Percherons in pouring down rain. He kept right at it through the rain. Farmers certainly do work hard and sometimes people don’t appreciate that hard work. If bread, milk, and other farm products kept up with inflation, we would be paying LOTS more for them. I appreciate farmers:)

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane in Central Ohio – so I guess it’s not just Iowa who has gotten too much rain this fall. Wish the Amish people were kinder to their animals.

      1. Diane

        You are on target with that. Ohio has puppy mills which we’re working on, but not fast enough. They are horrible places😟😟

  6. Launa

    Mary, Up here in Idaho it was 24 degrees early and the sun is suppose to appear most of this week. The snow is still here on a few branches and some of ground. Elk season opened this morning, too. This is suppose to be Autumn!

  7. Sue in Oregon

    Snow!! Just seems way too early for the white stuff. I hope and pray it goes away quickly and everything dries off and stays that way until the farmers can finish up their harvest.

  8. Vickie

    Oh my goodness – SNOW!!! It’s hard to believe. Down here in the Atlanta area it has just cooled off some. South of us devastation from Hurricane Michael last week. I pray for the farmers and those whose lives were forever affected by recent weather events.

  9. Jean

    Snow?! I always include a prayer of good weather for farmers! It has been a hard year.

  10. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    And where we are we are two weeks into weather in the 80s and no rain, when weather in the 50s with lots of rain would be normal. After the drought in the summer everything is way to dry for the farmers to be able to do winter field preparation or get winter crops in. Climate change coming home to roost, alas.

  11. Colleen

    Oh gosh the weather is really such a huge factor/gamble for dealing with crops where you are.
    Weather doesn’t effect our California crops in that way as we don’t get summer rain. Our crops are irrigated but it’s the amount of winter rain will it be enough and the price of water and ration.
    Will there be enough and cold enough winter days for the peach trees and in the spring will that last rain ruin the cherry crop
    Farming is hard

  12. Brenda archambault

    And here in northwest Phoenix, we are recording the wettest October ever. It’s amazing how quickly the year is flying by as it seems like just yesterday you were planting pumpkins and now, after they have been harvested, they’re dusted with snow.

  13. ada

    Snow already! Oh, no. It is not on the same level of hardship/annoyance but this past week here in Maryland I’ve had the AC on and now the furnace has run already today – all in the same week. Really nutty weather.

  14. Lisa in Indiana

    Thanks for your prayers for the farmers! As a farm wife, I so appreciate your kind words for farmers. It truly is a way of life which requires a strong faith that all will work out and God will provide time for planting and harvest. We are blessed to live on the farm and cannot imagine another way of life. We have a rain delayed harvest in Indiana as well but are hoping for a run of a few dry days this week.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lisa in Indiana – farmers are forced to be gamblers but it’s still the best life and I’m praying for good weather this week for all farmers!

  15. Cheryl

    Yesterday in Nebraska we had 61* temps….today only in the 30’s….with a very wet snow that was breakIng off tree branches. Some fields were partially harvested, some not.

  16. Carolyn Boutilier

    We have soggy fields here in Virginia. the farmers are having a hard time getting in the corn & soy beans.
    we can expect or first frost on Tuesday evening. I need to finish getting in my plants to winter in the garage.
    Carolyn B

  17. Shelba

    My cousins in Iowa sent a photo of their yard dusted in snow this morning. Hoping the fields get dry enough to get the crops in!

  18. mary

    We came home from Omaha today. So few crops out of the field. It was snowing like mad all day and we had to stop for nearly a half hour on I -80 for a multi car crash. We’d barely taken a coat with us for the weekend and definitely not a snow brush. Good grief! In East Central Iowa we have had 16+ inches of rain since Sept 1st and the farmers are getting desperate to get in the field. Prayers for a dry week ahead.

    1. Betty Klosterman

      I don’t envy you driving on I 80. The traffic is horrific and there have been some awful accidents. Seems like all the trucks just go faster for as far as the eye can see.

  19. Amy M

    Praying for some sunshine to help dry things out quickly! Many people really don’t understand the hard life of farmers and ranchers with livestock. Weather such an unpredictable factor.

    The lake we frequent was down 4 feet this summer. Many people were not able to get their boats out of their docks. We have had so much rain now, on Friday the water was over the dock like a zero entry pool!

  20. Susan the Farm Quilter

    It is so hard for the farmer…waiting for the harvest to ripen only to have the weather turn soggy or freeze the crop. Farmers are the biggest gamblers ever…betting on the weather, pests and that the price for their crop will be good. Living on a farm has certainly given me an appreciation of all that they have to deal with that is totally out of their control.

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