Filling Out

Canola crop starting to cabbage with cloudy skies and bins in the background.


After spring seeding, the canola crop emerges and the plants grow maximizing the area around them. This crop was working hard to fill in all of the empty space it could to maximize leaf area for photosynthesis to produce big pods and thus profitable yields. Farmers and agronomists commonly refer to this as cabbaging. Its before the plant bolts to produce yellow flowers.

This photo was taken early in the morning just past the middle of June when the daylight hours are the longest. My good friend and I started out around 5 am to get these photos cruising down the road in the side x side with blankest wrapped around ourselves to stay warm! We laughed and shivered as we drove down the quiet gravel road. The effort was worth it as we sat in the field and waited for the sun to rise and share its light. At the time, I didn’t think that we would get much given the clouds. Our patience paid off, and we were able to take several shots including this one with the old bins in the background. It was one of those mornings that supports the famous saying, “The early bird gets the worm!”

Photo Details:

Trochu, Alberta


June, 2017


Farming , Landscapes

Canola crop in early stages of growth