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So this is what oats look like.  Don’t think I’ve ever seen them up close.

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Oats grow best in cool, wet summers, which disqualifies the part of Kansas I grew up in.  But there’s a whole lot of oats growin’ here in Manitoba.

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And beans!  There’s a LOT of beans in Nebraska and Iowa, but we almost didn’t recognize these.

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Beans in the midwest are planted with a planter in wide rows, and beans in Manitoba (these at least, and others we saw) are planted with a seeder, so they’re all close together and they don’t have the distinct rows that I’m used to seeing.

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Oats on the left, beans on the right.  Iceberg right ahead!  Oh, nope. Just storm clouds looming. Beautiful.