- Posted August 14, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Heat and droughts strike U.S.
Surviving the Drought- A Photo Essay
- kporter, CNN International producer
In the last segment of this iReport on an organic dairy farm in the Township of Hamburg in Wisconsin, a series of photos were shot to help conclude a story that highlights the challenges and rewards of being a dairy farmer. The hard work, uncertainty, the challenges, and the beauty of nature all make up the life of a dairy. This photojournalistic essay helps to tell the story.
As I toured the farm one last time, I shot photographs of how the corn had begun to grow after some consistent rains- a far cry from two weeks earlier when the corn was barely making it above the hard, cracked soil. I made it into the milking barn where three hired hands were busy milking the cows. On the left was Victory Viceros, in the middle Kevin Thoeny, and on the right was Trent Gander. All different ages, all with different backgrounds and all were working to milk the herd of almost 300 cows before the end of the day. It was 7:30 at night as the sun was beginning to set.
As this iReporter looked to conclude this story, I asked Tim Sevais, the farm owner to sum up the Drought of 2012. He said, “I have learned a lot about dairy farming and about myself. And in the end, you have to appreciate the beauty of it all.”
I photographed the corn fields, the newly formed cobs, and the spectacular beauty this part of the United States so eloquently displays. As I looked to the west, a series of thunderstorms were developing in the distance. We can only hope the clouds would bring rain to a farm less fortunate-something we can hope for across our country.