Abandoned in the Heartland

It is always fun to come across photographic gems in the countryside. Tonight as I was making my way to a meeting in Carroll I came across this old car not far off of a county road. I pulled over jumped out and started taking photos of the car while trying to work the brilliant sky into the picture.

An abandoned car rests on the open prairie ground of northwest Iowa.

An abandoned car rests on the open prairie ground of northwest Iowa.

Within five minutes of starting to take photos a car pulled up with an older lady and her son. I stepped over to the car and told them good evening. They were inquisitive to what I was doing and I answered that I happened to see the car and I was taking photos. That's when the woman told me and son confirmed that they were the owners of the old car. They told me it was a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe that didn't work for years so they left it there to wither away on a hillside in western Iowa. They also told me that the car had a twin that was in mint condition in a neighboring town.

Picture Iowa - Lush soybeans

By Joseph L. Murphy

A soybean field near Boone blends into the horizon yesterday. Crops across the state are seeing some disease pressure from sudden death syndrome but according to the weekly crop report 51 percent of the crop is rated good and 25 percent is rated excellent.

Lush green fields and blue skies pain the landscape of Iowa during this time of year. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy)

Lush green fields and blue skies pain the landscape of Iowa during this time of year. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy)

“I am seeing corn fields starting to show premature yellowing as well as in soybean fields,” said Grant Kimberley, ISA market development director and central Iowa farmer. “I think the excessive rain, humidity and heat as of late is starting to increase some disease in both crops. Yields are still probably good, but it could be taking the top end off.”

Originally published for the Iowa Soybean Association. Find more great stories at: www.iasoybeans.com/news