Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Harvest time in Alberta

Fall is in the air. 

Sorry for the lack in blogging the past few days. The Boy and I were in Alberta over the weekend and although it was a super quick trip I still feel a little bit in vacation blogging mode. 

It was a perfect time to be home. The leaves were just starting to change. Fall is a quick season in Alberta. The leaves usually change yellow one day and not too long after they have fallen off the trees. That is one of my favorite parts of the Midwest is the gorgeous Falls with brilliant colors. 

Harvest was in full swing when we where home. In July when I made another quick trip this is what the fields looked like. 

A view from the sky above. The bright yellow fields are canola. As in canola oil. 

And this is what the crop looked like from the ground. However fast forward a month and a half and...

This is what that yellow field now looks like. The crop has been cut. The next step will be for it to go through a combine. 

Those long skinny pods contain seeds in them. When the material goes through a the combine (huge piece of farm equipment) those seeds will be collected. Canola seed contain 40-43 percent oil.

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This is what the seed looks like. According to the Canola Council of Canada there are more than 52,000 Canadian farmers that grow canola, and producer 20 percent of the world's canola. Thanks farmers!


  1. Glad to hear you were able to make a trip home ... even if it was a quick one ... going home is always special! :)

  2. Great pictures!! Our leaves just turn brown, and fall off the trees. But usually we have nice weather! If it isn't a blazing 95 degrees!

  3. Have I mentioned that I love canola! Great photos and a very informative post, Crystal.

  4. It was an awesome trip home. Glad you all enjoyed the photos.

  5. Definitely thanks to them because I use a lot of it!

  6. Pretty pics! Yay for a weekend at home :)


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