I got up early this morning for a ride, although I didn't get out of the house until 8:30. A cup of coffee, look at the paper, eat my cereal, another cup of coffee, check the blogs, another cup of coffee... Well, you get the idea.
Since the wind was coming from the southeast (that took a half-cup of coffee to check), I figured I'd better head southeast and check out the windmills that are being built over in Ohio.
On the way down, I couldn't help but notice how good the crops looked. It's been exceptionally wet here all spring, and planting was delayed - especially for corn. But almost everything is now planted and even the late planted crops look very good.
Here are a few photos of crops on an Amish farm in my neighborhood. All of these fields below are right next to each other and make for good diversity for good soil health and reduced pest pressure. This is a new alfalfa seeding. It grows all growing season and can be cut for hay 3 or 4 times during the season, and will produce for 3 or 4 years.
Here's a field of oats. There aren't too many oats planted - they'll probably be used to feed horses. They'll be ready to cut in a couple weeks.
The king of crops - corn. This corn looks very good. "Knee-high by the 4th of July" is the saying, but this corn will be knee-high by this Friday.
Soybeans. Looking good.
And here's the farm across the road.
Twenty miles later and I'm close to the windmills. Since it was really hazy this morning, I couldn't see how many have been built, but it's over 20 now. The plan is for 200+ windmills to eventually be built here. Oh, and this is winter wheat in the foreground. It'll be ready to harvest in another 3 weeks or so.
Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!