The view through the branches of a walnut tree this week shows an Illinois farm north of Lebanon. The lush, green crops in the foreground are soybeans. The thin strip of yellowish color on the land's horizon, to the left of the farm buildings, reflects the golden tassels atop the many stalks in a cornfield. So far, so good this year for the farmers in southwestern Illinois.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.