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Slideshow: Here are Illinois farm families’ favorite harvest photos as the sun sets on 2021 and the sun rises on 2022.

Sierra Day, Field editor

December 29, 2021

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The sun has set on the 2021 harvest season, and farmers are preparing for the sun to rise on 2022.

Prairie Farmer asked readers to submit their best photos from the 2021 harvest season across Illinois, and readers certainly delivered.

Whether it was from a combine, tractor or tailgate, Illinois farm families saw the sun set on hay, corn and soybean harvests this fall. Some shared the view while welcoming in the next generation of agriculturists.

Enjoy these photos, and best of luck as you prepare for the 2022 crop season.

About the Author(s)

Sierra Day

Field editor, Farm Progress

A 10th-generation agriculturist, Sierra Day grew up alongside the Angus cattle, corn and soybeans on her family’s operation in Cerro Gordo, Ill. Although she spent an equal amount in farm machinery as she did in the cattle barn as a child, Day developed a bigger passion for the cattle side of the things.

An active member of organizations such as 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association, she was able to show Angus cattle on the local, state and national levels while participating in contests and leadership opportunities that were presented through these programs.

As Day got older, she began to understand the importance of transitioning from a member to a mentor for other youth in the industry. Thus, her professional and career focus is centered around educating agriculture producers and youth to aid in prospering the agriculture industry.

In 2018, she received her associate degree from Lake Land College, where her time was spent as an active member in clubs such as Ag Transfer club and PAS. A December 2020 graduate of Kansas State University in Animal Sciences & Industry and Agricultural Communications & Journalism, Day was active in Block & Bridle and Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, while also serving as a communications student worker in the animal science department.

Day currently resides back home where she owns and operates Day Cattle Farm with her younger brother, Chayton. The duo strives to raise functional cattle that are show ring quality and a solid foundation for building anyone’s herd.

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