With this job, I drive a lot. I mean a lot for stories. That’s part of the responsibility. Sometimes I love it and sometimes not so much.

I have to say that sometimes the drive to the story is a story all of its own. The drive can be two hours or it can be 25 minutes for a story, but something always sticks out in my mind. This time it was one of those days.

Last Friday, I traveled to New Harrisburg just outside of Carrollton for a story. I left the office and thought to myself, what a beautiful day it was outside. For me, it was the changing leaves, the hay being mowed and, of course, the soybean and corn fields.

The leaves were beautiful. The green has changed into magnificent corals, reds, oranges and golden yellow colors. The gorgeous trees were enough to grab anyone’s attention. Although they were beautiful, that’s not where the story was.

Then, as I looked over the hills in Carroll County, the tractors and hay mowers were hard at work. That’s where the story was. Many fields had already been cut and some had even be raked. It was easy to see that producers were putting the sunny warm weather to work just by looking at the speed of the tractors in the fields. It wasn’t hard to figure out that many producers were dependent on that last cutting of hay.

I know from talking to farmers, many hay producers got delayed in their cuttings because of the dry weather that plagued us a great deal of the summer. So they breathed a sigh of relief at the possibility of one more cutting before frost hits and the sunny weather turns to winter weather.

I didn’t see as many combines in motion as I thought I would see, but those jumped into high gear over the weekend. Many soybeans are just about ready to come off especially with this spell of nice weather since last week. Now that farmers got that hay out of the way, I’m sure many put a rush onto getting the soybean harvest done.

The corn harvest will probably be a story all of its own when I start seeing the combines running.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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