ALTON, Iowa | For many Siouxland residents, the corn and soybean harvest may rate as the prettiest time of year, what with the crisp colors of grains, husks and dried leaves churning through skies so blue it nearly burns the eyes.

Locals are not so accustomed to seeing a combine roar through a field in mid-July, chewing up those amber waves of grain.

But that's exactly how Gary Hansen of Alton, Iowa, spent a portion of his week, harvesting a hard red winter wheat crop he planted last fall.

Read the full article and see photos on the Sioux City Journal website.