As residents of Iowa, we are blessed to live on some of the richest soil in the world. This soil and the farmers that build their livelihoods from it rank Iowa as the world leader in corn production. Every fall, when the corn is ready, the harvest begins. Because this time is limited, farmers combine into the evening, when the corn is bathed in dusk’s amber light. The farmer’s innovative skills in seed selection, fertilization, irrigation, herbicide and pesticide application, and harvest all aid in maximizing the yield from the soil he stewards. Through dedication, hard work, and favorable weather conditions, farmers throughout Iowa harvest their “gold”. May “Fields of Gold” capture the beauty of Iowa farmland and foster our gratitude.