The calendar says autumn is nearing, but those out in the countryside don’t have to look at a calendar to know that truth.
The leaves already are telling the story.
Those leaves, starting with those on soybeans and corn, are telling us that the crops are coming to their final days of maturity. Soybean leaves across the region are turning gold and soon will be darkening and dropping; the corn’s leaves are starting to brown and curl into the crisp dryness befitting a cool autumn evening.
That’s all put the forage choppers into full gear, with corn silage filling silos and bags, and a final round of hay-harvesting also is under way.
And then, we peek up at the trees to see the first hues of reds and yellows that within days will pour color across the region’s woodlands.
The rural countryside continues to tell its story.