Cycling along the Confederation Trail, my husband and I always notice the fields along the way. Potato fields are a common sight in a province which grows 25% of Canada’s potatoes.
This year has been a banner year for potato growth since we had rain every two or three days during July. While it is drier this month, the crop is mature and more resistant to dry weather when the plants cover the soil, able to reduce evaporation.
Similarly, the corn grown for silage looks like a bumper crop this year too.
Recently, we spotted something which was new to us on the fields near Miscouche, an area we frequent on our bike rides from home.
The fields were white on both sides of the trail and in a field across the highway nearby. It looked as if the seeds had been sown all over the fields rather than in rows. Later we identified the crop as buckwheat.
A single bloom might not have been all that impressive but the billions of the white blossoms over such a large area were stunning.
Seen from our vantage point, looking through the wildflowers bordering the trail, the setting was picture perfect.
You never know what awaits in an area you know well.