Before Soybean Harvest: Adjusting for Hail Damage


Pictured is Bill Shimon with Jerry Kleymann. Bill is my husband. Jerry is a crop adjuster for Rain and Hail Insurance. Date: September 23, 2011. Location: Section 13, Roosevelt Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa. What's going on?: Analyzing extent of June hail damage to soybean crop. Why now?: Jerry and Bill inspected this field once last summer --- a couple of weeks after the June hail storm --- to do an initial analysis. Yesterday they returned for a final analysis, intentionally waiting until harvest is imminent, which it now is.* (Click on photo to enlarge.)


I like this photo for many reasons. 1.) This field nearly surrounds the farmstead where I was raised and where my dad lived until mid-2010. 2.) I love harvest. 3.) The photo lets me see one facet of Bill’s work. 4.) From a photographic standpoint, I like how the focus is on Bill and Jerry, but the soybean plants in front of and behind them are out of focus. (To see #4 for yourself, click on the photo to enlarge it.)


The photo above is a cropping of the photo at left (i.e., at left is the original). I took this photo with the combination of my Canon 135 mm lens and a Canon Extender EF 1.4X III. The combination offered a focal length of 189 mm. I was about twice (maybe three times?) as far from Bill and Jerry than appears in this photo. Shutter: 1/800; Aperture: f/5.0; ISO: 100; Exposure Bias: 0.00.


*Depending upon a variety of conditions (especially weather and seed variety), harvest has already started in some fields in northwest Iowa.

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2 Responses to “Before Soybean Harvest: Adjusting for Hail Damage”

  1. Marti Carlson Says:

    Another great photo, Louise. The color, the texture, the framing…

    Even though I can’t be in NW Iowa a lot, seeing your photos throughout the months gives me a little window into that world from far away.

  2. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    Marti, I’m glad the photos provide the window. It makes me feel good to know they do.

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