Portrait of the Wisconsin Farm | Fall Harvest

September 30, 2012
September 30, 2012 Travis Dewitz

I have spent the last couple of weeks documenting the autumn harvest around west-central Wisconsin. Corn and soybeans have been the main crops that I have seen filling all of the farm fields that I have visited. A few farms I had the pleasure to join them in the fields and see the hard work they do up close and personal. The harvesting of soybeans is a very dusty process that fills the air with airborne particulates caused by separating the beans from the plants.

from wiki

Approximately 85% of the world’s soybean crop is processed into soybean meal and vegetable oil. Soybeans can be broadly classified as “vegetable” (garden) or field (oil) types. Vegetable types cook more easily, have a mild, nutty flavor, better texture, are larger in size, higher in protein, and lower in oil than field types. Tofu and soy milk producers prefer the higher protein cultivars bred from vegetable soybeans originally brought to the United States in the late 1930s. The “garden” cultivars are generally not suitable for mechanical combine harvesting because there is a tendency for the pods to shatter upon reaching maturity.

Harvesting of corn is not nearly as dusty of a process but still kicks up quite a bit. The harvesting process of both plants are about the same in which the farmer makes multiple passes of a field until the combine is close to full. Once full, the combine will offload the bean or kernel into a truck or trailer located in the field. This process is repeated until the truck or trailer is fully loaded. When loaded, the truck will take the product to a onsite storage facility or to the nearest grain elevator to unload their product. Weather plays a big part of when the crop is ready to be harvested and during the harvest as wet weather can greatly delay the process.


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I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

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  1. Bobbie Sue Baker via Facebook

    fantastic work! You make Wisconsin proud! Land of the hardest workers in the world!

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