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Emma: The Last of the Summer Days

As all of us know the summer is coming to a close.The trees in the northern part of the country are starting to yellow and wheat season is coming to and end as a new season begins. Fall harvest is just around the corner and is coming sooner than expected – maybe a little to soon, in my opinion.

I’ve been looking around the countryside and all the miles we’ve traveled these past couple weeks, and I can’t help but notice the trees are changing to their fall colors. I thought maybe it was just my mind playing tricks on me, but it’s true. We’re in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the temperatures are mild. It gets up to between 70 to 75 degrees during the day, and drops to 50 to 55 degrees at night. Those temperatures are normal in this area.

I respect meteorologists, but I take their word with a grain of salt and tend to take to heart what nature  tells me, and I think we’re in for a long winter – but don’t take my word for it! Just take a look outside.

This change of weather is bittersweet. I love summer harvest and pulling into a wheat field with the smell of wheat hitting your nose. The amber waves of grain blowing peacefully as you look across a field, and I’m always amazed at how quickly tiny kernels add up. Most of all I love knowing that I, as one person, help feed the world. I’m going to miss summer harvest, but I know I’ll get to experience it again.

Take a lesson from wheat. Did you know that one stalk of wheat cannot stand alone, and that it needs help from others to support it throughout it’s entire life. Without that support it would break off and die. Maybe we should lean on each other more from time to time, like when a neighbor might need support and help getting back up on their feet.

“’Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn’t deep. Then, when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants, and they didn’t bear grain. But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants sprouted, grew, and bore grain: some had thirty grains, others sixty, and others one hundred.’ And Jesus concluded, ‘Listen, then, if you have ears!’” Mark 4:3-9

Where we choose to plant our seed will determine not only the outcome of our own lives, but will influence the lives of those around us – even those we may not be aware.

Thank you All Aboard Wheat Harvest for the experiences I have had with this opportunity, and to help better educate the people of the world about agriculture. I also want to thank High Plains Journal and DuPont for their sponsorship, and all the sponsors who help make All Aboard Wheat Harvest possible.

Be safe and God bless.

Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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