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Old 07-23-2021, 11:44 AM   #1
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Hello Farmers, What are you growing ?

Thank you farmers for growing all the delicious food we eat.

As a Full Timer I travel north in spring and south in the fall. I am in no hurry so I use the two lane secondary roads and see mile after mile of crops growing. I am always curious just what it is that is growing so I will post some photos and ask.
Other RVers post your photos and farmers educate us.

I know what Corn looks like but as a city boy that is all I can identify.
I will number each and look forward to comments.
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Loved the pics! Thanks. I travel a lot of rural areas and watch the crops from planting to harvest. In the fall I watch them at night with lights on their combines getting the crops in. Farmers feed the world!
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In one of the States we traveled thru (can't remember which one), there were signs with what was growing in each field. We both thought what a great idea.
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Old 07-23-2021, 11:57 AM   #4
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Wheat, soybean, and of course the corn, those are the 3 major crops you will see. Miles upon miles of it.
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Where we live, in the Ca. Delta there are several summer crops about ready to harvest here... Corn (mostly all gone ), garlic, tomatoes, alfalfa, almonds, walnuts, peaches, cherries, apples, pears, and many other pitted fruits.


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I'm not a farmer but I live on our farm. Neighbor rents the land. It's either soybeans or field corn. I've never seen our corn this tall.

In the rest of our area they grow a little wheat but mostly soybeans, corn and solar collectors.
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I hate to burst your bubble, but the first 3 pictures are not corn, but silage. It's cattle feed.
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Wheat, soybean, and of course the corn, those are the 3 major crops you will see. Miles upon miles of it.
Those are the crops in our area. We will rotate the crops. But Corn and Beans are the main ones.

I like going south and seeing the cotton fields during harvest. It seems like there is cotton everywhere. Left on the plants, in the trailers, and on the road edge in the grass and weeds.
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Specific to your photos: #1 and #3 are oats, probably being grown for hay. #2 and #5 are soy beans, and #4 is wheat.
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I grow cows on my farm. It is ashame though the price I get compared to what beef cost in the grocery stores, I get around $1.15 a lb ... ~CA
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Corn that’s being used for silage. If it was picked for corn there would be a lot of trash on the field from the stalks and cobs. Silage is cut nice and even, everything is chopped into a wagon, some will be fed to cattle now, most will go into a silo for the winter. It ferments there and never freezes. The second looks like sorghum, also used for silage. It’s sweet, cows like sweet.

#1 is oats, the grain grows individually as opposed to wheat which grows in a head. It’s also more gold colored than wheat which is tan/brown. When both are harvested they’re cut at the ground by the combine, the grain is separated into a huge bin in the combine, everything else goes out the back. That’s baled as straw for bedding.

Soy beans

3 oats again

4 most likely wheat but it could be rye. Some wheat and rye have ‘beards’ , the fuzzy growth off the seeds, both heads are chevron shaped.

5 soybean, just starting to develop

Hay is mainly alfalfa or a mix of timothy and other grasses. Horses can't eat alfalfa hay, it's too rich and their body's can't digest it so they get the grassy hay. Cows can eat both, they've got 4 stomachs, the richness makes more milk or they put on weight faster if they for beef.
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I hate to burst your bubble, but the first 3 pictures are not corn, but silage. It's cattle feed.
No, it ain't sweet corn (what you're used to eating) but it is still a variety of corn. You've heard of corn-fed beef, right? yep, silage corn fed beef.
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No, it ain't sweet corn (what you're used to eating) but it is still a variety of corn. You've heard of corn-fed beef, right? yep, silage corn fed beef.
There isn't any 'corn' on those stalks, no ears. Yes, it's a variety of corn, but no grain.
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