I had a vision of a farmer cropping his field with a scythe in one hand - and a handkerchief in the other mopping his hot, weary brow. Yes - I know he had a machine. I prefer my picture. Back to nature !
No more scythes to be found anywhere, Garry, except perhaps in a museum. Most of the farmers in eastern Washington state are still small independent farmers with smaller, older machinery. Modern combines and tractors are about four times larger, can do a lot more work in an hour, but might set the farmer back almost a million dollars. It's expensive, risky work. I admire the spirit of farmers everywhere.
There's an endless line of ships from Baltimore into Liverpool with crops to be milled into flour. Soya bean for animal feed. We have Amber waves of grain here . Some farms go on for miles and miles too. But I believe they're still nowhere near the size of the great American Prairie.
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