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Ag on Instagram: The best farm photos from June 13, 2019

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We bring you some of the best farm photos on Instagram for June 13. Want to get listed in this daily feature? Be sure to hashtag your pics with #agdaily!

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One prays for rain while one prays for it to stop. One begs for the sun to go behind a cloud while one begs it to shine for days. One wishes for the wind to relent, to stop drying out his crops- while another just asks for a gentle, cool breeze. At the mercy of the uncontrollable, farmers and ranchers live every day with a schedule that hinges on the weather report. Plans change at the rise or drop of a degree. Livelihoods depend on inches- of water, that is- too much or too little means heartache and hardship. Not many other industries rely on reports as faulty as the forecast. Every day is a gamble. Here's to the farmers, ranchers, and others in ag praying for better conditions. May your prayers be heard, and may God continue to provide. It is bound to get better. Love, Richelle

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When I started doing this a few months ago, I had never touched a “fancy” camera in my life. My camera wasn’t given to me. No one taught me how to do this. All I knew was that I loved a good picture (who doesn’t, right?). I took a leap of faith when I purchased my camera and a few lenses, watched hours of YouTube tutorials, read countless photography blogs, and started snapping pictures of everything around me to try and figure it all out. I taught myself how to do this, and sometimes I forget how special that is. It’s hard to learn new skills and pick up new hobbies as an adult, but here I am doing it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I plague myself with doubt sometimes when I get too much into my own head. “Am I actually going to be good at this?” “These pictures are going to look terrible.” “What if this person isn’t happy with their photos?” I’ve had to deal with some naysayers and haters (hey there 👋🏻). I’m not a huge fan of being on social media, and sometimes I just want to hit the “delete account” button, because my life would be far simpler without it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then a client tells me that their photos are amazing, they couldn’t be happier, and that they have a friend who wants my contact information.. And it reminds me that I can do absolutely anything I put my mind to. My pipe dream is to travel all around the country, capturing moments like this one with farming families everywhere. Representing this lifestyle and the awesome people who live it. Lofty goal? Yeah, for sure. But I’ve been told that it’s okay to have big dreams, because if you work hard enough, you might just grow into them. 💛 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Edit: Shortly after posting this, a friend informed me that one of my recent pictures made the Ag Daily facebook headline. So there’s that 🥳

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I never liked the rain until I walked through it with you, Every thunder cloud that came was one more I might not get through, On the darkest day there's always light, and now I see it too, But I never liked the rain until I walked through it with you… — Like the Rain by Clint Black __________________ Couldn't resist pulling over for this sunset reflecting off the water in this field after a recent rain. __________________ #country_features #countryroads #rsa_country #country_vibe #agdaily @iowa_agriculture @agriculture_worldwide #american_agriculture_ @usa_agriculture #ruralexposures #ptk_rural #trb_rural #rsa_rural #wildruralcollective #backroad_visions #takeabackroad #graveltravel #sunsetsniper #sunsetmadness #sunset_vision #gameoftones #thisisiowa #myiowa #highlightiowa #exploreiowa #iowagrams #aroundiowa #onlyiniowa @capture_iowa @515grammers @iowatography_ig #ig_iowa #nocoastcollective #midwest_captures @midwestlivingmag #goandcapturethelight #iowafarmer

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Chances are what you see when you look at this picture is just a hay loft. And you’d be right. But there’s more…..There are years of plenty and years of shortage. There is sweat and perseverance. There are summers full of laughter and excitement as cousins jumped from bale to bale and swung on a rope from beam to beam. There are hay forts and kitten homes. There is this big unseen thing called MEMORIES! And this barn here…..she has stood the test of time and is plum full of them. 💞 . A picture is worth a thousand words, but the memories are priceless. . . #northlensphotography #countrylifestylephotographer #wisconsinphotographer #wisconsinfarm #farmingphotographydaily #farmandranchlivingmagazine #agdaily #onthefarmagain #wisconsinfarm #cattlefarm #oldbarn #farmphotography #barnlife #redbarn #outinthecountry #upnorthlife #barnsofinstagram #onlyinwisconsin #hayloft #hayseason #familyfarm #wisconsinheritage #farmingfamily #faithfamilyfarm #stoodthetestoftime #memories #nelsonfarms1986

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Ten minutes before this picture was taken, the sky was a beautiful shade of blue and sunny. Then, this dark storm cloud appeared. It swirled around with wind, rain, thunder, and lightning. About 30 minutes later, the whole thing blew through and the sky has now returned to blue and sunny. 🌦 Mental health can be kind of like this. Unexplainable. Complicated. Unpredictable. Stormy. Everything is wonderful one minute, then the next minute a huge, dark cloud blows up out of no where. Then, just as quickly as it comes, the cloud is gone and sunshine returns. 🌦 Farming and a life in agriculture can be stressful. Scary. Unpredictable. Feels like you have little-to-no control over what’s happening. How CAN you have control when much of your life and work relies on Mother Nature and livestock/crop markets? 🌦 My reminder for you tonight: it’s ok to feel stress. It’s ok to feel uncertain about the future. It’s ok to not have it all figured out. It’s ok (and encouraged) to talk to a friend or loved one about how you’re feeling. Truth is, NO ONE has it all figured out. Be kind to one another, ESPECIALLY to those in our own industry. It’s been a hard year for many of us, so let’s not make it harder on ourselves or each other. 🌦 If you don’t personally struggle with mental health challenges, I GUARANTEE you know someone who does. They may not use their words to tell you, but if you pay attention…they’ll tell you in other ways. It might not be (and probably isn’t) the person you expect it to be. Open your ears and eyes to those around you. 🌦 Choose kindness and grace. We’ll all get through this year together 😊💕 #TheFarmStory

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