Farms in winter – Rocky Mountain region of the US

This blog had been silent for a while. 🙂 I was in business travel lately through US, Canada and Mexico and got back home last week.

One of the things I enjoy the most during travel is scouting around for farms and farmers in the area. Here are a few pictures of farm lands I found during this trip. Since it’s winter in the US, farmlands are all frozen and there are no crops. Most of these pictures are from the states of Idaho and Utah.

In Boise, Idaho, there wasn’t much snow left on the fields. Temperature was in the range of 5-10 degree Celsius. Many of the fields were already tilled and prepared for spring to start. Many fields had cows and horses.

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Cows in the farm field (temperature was around 5-10 degree centigrade)

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A small patch of snow on the field

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Sheep

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Horses

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Horse

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A nice of the landscape

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More horses

Following are some of the common irrigation systems used in large fields in this area. They are mostly based on sprinklers attached on a long pipeline that extends the full width of the field  (typically rectangular). This pipeline is attached on motorised wheels so that it moves through the full length of the field with the sprinklers turn on. In some cases one end of the pipeline is fixed or pivoted to the ground at the center of the field, covering a circular area of the farm. This makes the system less complex but requires additional irrigation outside of the circular area.

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Wheel line irrigation system

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Wheel line irrigation system

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A massive drop sprinkler irrigation system

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Taken during a drive through a higher altitude area (not farming land)

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