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Winter Wheat last winter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWinter Wheat, same field, this winter

Winter
is when the wheat fields
are green.
Red Winter Wheat
is planted in the fall,
grows all winter,
when cattle usually
are let out to graze it,
until late winter
when they’re taken off
so the crop
can grow
and the grain be harvested
in early summer.
In winter, then,
the wheat fields
are a gorgeous green;
after harvest,
all summer,
they are brown.
But not this year.
We begin the third year of a drought
and there is very little wheat
growing;
no cattle grazing
wheat.
Cattle are being fed hay;
water hauled for them,
as many farm ponds
are dry.
There was a chance of rain
yesterday,
but, again,
not a drop.