The Magic Valley, here in south central Idaho has a true four season climate. Spring, summer, fall and winter
are all distinct and each have their fans among the people living here. However if you were to survey the
residents, you might be surprised on how diverse the opinions are among the residents. For the Magic Valley
Farmer, each of the seasons have their advantages and admirers. Spring is an exciting time as they prepare
the fields and plant their crops, looking forward to the results in the fall. Summer, with warm, dry, sunny days,
sees the farmer watering and nurturing their crops. Spare time is occupied with general maintenance of
equipment and the farm. Fall is harvest time and that is when the farmer sees the realization of all the work
invested in the varied crops planted in the spring. Winter can be vacation time for many farmers as farming
slows to a near halt in the colder weather. It's play time as the Chariot Racing season begins, the snow-mobiles
are uncovered and tuned up and the skiers head for the mountains.
In the pictures and captions that follow I'll try and give you an idea of harvest time here in the Magic Valley. All
of you in Missouri and east to the Atlantic Coast look forward with excitement to God's display to color in the fall
as the trees change into beautiful red and yellow colors. In the western United States fall trees with colorful
displays are few and far between. However here in the Magic Valley, harvest time can be just as exciting and a
beautiful sight. Again you will hear the roar of the powerful tractors as the harvest begins in late August and
continues until mid November.
There are several main crops grown here in the fertile volcanic soil and the water of the Snake river. Hay, wheat,
barley, beans, corn, the famous Idaho Potato and sugar beets are all part of the fall harvest. Hay, wheat and
barley and corn are grown and harvested in the same way as in the mid-west with the exception that fields range
from 100 to 500 acres plus. In the mid west you have soy beans while the beans here are pinto and other table
However potatoes and sugar beets are unique to the north western United States, with Idaho the number one
producer and Washington being number two. So, let's take a look at the fall harvest of some of these crops
here in the Magic Valley.
|In the picture above with the irrigation canal in the foreground, you can see the beginning of the harvest of Jeannett's barley crop in the
field south of our home.
|Here is a closer view of one of the two large thrashing-machines at work on this field.
|Another view of the the thrasher as it makes its way through the field.
|Fall is harvest time in the Magic Valley!