During my summer travels, I had occasion to drive through Iowa, whose fields are full of simple beauty. By now its crops are probably used up and dry. Some have been harvested. Their full-on summer loveliness, though, was something to see.
Iowa farm fields are surprisingly different from those of Illinois. Across the Mississippi, the terrain changes notably. The land is more rolling, and there are differences in the way the fields are cultivated. Often there are mown patches in the middle of the fields, creating dramatic gashes and clefts in the scenery.
When I was a child, I used often to see red fields of sorghum when we were traveling. Now, however, there is very little sorghum. The Midwest is planted almost entirely with either corn or beans.
From an aesthetic point of view, it’s hard to complain, because bean fields, as they turn color, are often stunning. The plants slowly turn from dark to lime green, then to bright yellow, before fading to brown.
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