The buses took us through the fields where we could see agriculture happening. Well, since our weather had been unseasonably cool, there was a lot that wasn't happening! Farm owners stepped on the buses and provided commentary about what we were seeing. We also had Extension Agents telling us about many aspects of agriculture.
Here we are in the middle of some sugar cane fields. Each square is about 40 acres.
I found it fascinating to see the preparation for planting. These are newly planted rows of beans. The soil here has a bit of clay, so it stays formed after the special tractor goes through forming and planting rows in one operation. Two different farmers talked about how poorly beans were doing in the cool, cloudy weather we were experiencing.
The sides of this trailer fold down. Workers stand on the platform picking corn as they are pulled through the rows. There is a conveyor in the middle that feeds the corn into trucks. Most of the Florida corn production is for human consumption. The farmer strives to produce corn that is consistent in size, about 7" in length, as that is what the US consumers demand.
To the untrained eye the sugar cane looks fine. However, the Extension Agent explained that Hurricane Irma blew the stalks over. In the weeks after the storm the cane did not come back upright. The subsequent growth turned up, so 3-4 feet of cane is lying along the ground. Normally the cane is 12-15 feet high at this time of year. It is only a few fee over our heads.
These boxes represent just over an hour worth of work.