Harvest has officially started. And we, like nearly everyone else, are leaving long strips of corn in the fields.
What is this all about? Well, most farmers purchase crop insurance each spring. Just like someone might buy insurance in case of a car accident or home fire, farmers insure crops in case of a Mother Nature disaster. People hired by the insurance companies come out to look at the crops and see how bad the damages are. Leaving strips in the middle of the field allows a farmer to get on with harvest while leaving a sample for testing by the companies.
Have you seen strips like this left in fields near you?