They are emblazoned against the rural skyline, edifices of the important business conducted around them. They reach up and are reminders of the incredible production that constantly flows from the heartland of our country. As we travel through dairy and cattle-producing areas of middle America, silos are monuments of days past and also of today’s realities.
The days are colder now as we put on extra layers. Sweat shirts and jackets will soon give way to heavy overcoats and insulated bib snow pants. While we bundle up with ever-thicker layers, the land now sheds its overcoat of vegetation. The crops are stripped from the fields and the soil becomes less-protected from the deepening cold. Frosts knock down the grasses and the green plants turn to skeletons.
Only the hardiest plants and animals will survive the shedding of the land. We humans survive with a bit of ingenuity, and a little fall humor never hurts either.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..