As the combines run nearly day and night, the gain storage facilities are filling and in many areas corn and soybeans are piled on the ground. Fortunately there is more storage capacity in the rural areas than there once was.
It’s not uncommon, especially in the Dakotas, for a family to operate 10,000 acres. That’s over 15 square miles! The seasonal race to harvest the crop before the inevitable winter closes in, is extremely stressful. Bringing in the majority of the year’s income in a few weeks, makes farming an occupation not meant for those of weak spirit. The Great Plains have changed a great dal in the last 150 years, but the spirit of the inhabitants remains.