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    Country Life in Iowa


    Country Life in Iowa

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    Iowa cornfield

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    'No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space.'- Captain Kirk

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    Iowa harvest

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    Butter cow - Iowa State Fair

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    ChooChoo, an Iowa farm dog.

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    Some people raise chickens in Iowa. They are generally free-range and produce farm-fresh eggs.

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    A sow and her pigs on a family farm in southern Iowa.

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    Old windmills, no longer turn with the wind. These power generators would run the pump jack and draw up water. Now this is all done with electricity.

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    What's a farm without a pickup truck! Here, a group of farmers gather around for a morning discussion, no doubt about crops and the weather!

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    Stray cats will often show up and live in the barn. They eat mice and get fed by country folk. This is Peaches, the barn cat.

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    Combine harvesting corn in Fall. When the corn plant is dry enough, it is stripped of the ear of field corn by the combine head and then the ear is run through the combine where the kernels are knocked off the cob. The kernels are stored in a large bin on the combine called the hopper and the remaining trash is chopped up and spit out the rear of the machine. Soybeans are also a common crop grown in Iowa. Combining them requires a different head (the front part of the combine is detachable).

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    It is always fun in the Spring when the baby calves arrive. They are so energetic! They will run around the pasture with their tail in the air. The calves will often stick together and sometimes you will see a cow or two babysitting all the calves. Pretty amazing.

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    Here's an Iowa farmer riding his John Deere tractor making big round bales of hay.

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    Barns are a common sight in rural Iowa. Some are well cared for, but many are falling apart because they are mostly no longer used and they are expensive to keep up. Barn Quilts have become a common sight, painted wood quilt squares hung on the side of barns. The traditional color for barns is this red color (because it was cheap), but you see white and other colors. Barns were used to store loose hay. Now farmers make big round bales of hay.

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    Tractors in the field are very common in Spring to work the ground and plant the crops and in the Fall to harvest. They can also be seen in the winter months carrying a big round bale of hay to the livestock. This tractor is pulling a disc.

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    Common Snapping Turtle in Iowa. We have seen several of these in the 20+ years I have lived in the country.

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    Hunting Morel Mushrooms is a popular activity in the Spring. They grow in dark, wet, wooded areas. People are very secretive as to where they find theirs.

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    My in-laws used to milk Holstein cows like this one for Grade B milk used to make cheese. I got in on the milking at times. That is hard work, especially during the cold, winter months.

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    Wild Turkey--they can really get big! We usually see them in large groups.

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    Rooster Pheasant

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    Farm ponds are common in Iowa. Some farmers stock their ponds with bass and blue gill and other varieties for fishing.

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    We have a small herd of angus cows and calves. Every winter we sell the calves to farmers who will then feed them out.

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    Corn field in rural Iowa in summer. The land isn't quite this flat in our area, but it is very similar.

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    We live on a gravel road in rural Iowa. The gravel ends right past our driveway.

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    Butterfly on Queen Anne's Lace, very common in our area. Although it is very pretty, Queen Anne's Lace is a weed and is taking over pastures. It needs to be controlled. Weed control is a challenge and is done with sprays and by mowing. Thistles are a huge problem and they have to be attacked yearly.

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