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October 11, 2013

Harvest 2013

From grains to grapes to cabbage and many other crops the harvest season has been in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere. Today's post takes a look at harvesting from around the world since mid-summer. -- Lloyd Young( 38 photos )

Gordon Kenison holds a corncob during a harvest at the Kenison Farms in Levan, Utah, on Oct. 5. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

Japanese young people harvest rice in a rice harvest event at a farm 80 kilometers east of Tokyo in Isumi city, Chiba prefecture, Japan, on Sept. 8. While the 4.63 million hectares of rice fields in Japan are mostly cultivated by farmers over 65, a growing number of young people and families from urban areas are participating in rice planting and harvesting events as part of efforts to stimulate rural communities, according to Japanese news reports. (Everett Kennedy Brown/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Students gather beets in the field of farmer Igor Pakush near the village of Putniki, some 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Minsk on Oct. 2. Students help harvest crops on the privately-owned farm, and in turn, receive some money as a payment for their work. (Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters) #

Migrant workers from Mexico and Nicaragua harvest Burley tobacco grown by Tucker Farms before hanging the leaves in barns to begin their six week curing process on Sept. 9 in Pleasureville, Ky. The migrant workers participate in the US Department of Labor's H-2A temporary agricultural program, which allows agricultural employers to hire temporary help for seasonal work. (Luke Sharrett/Getty Images) #

Lloyd Giles climbs up onto his combine to relieve his wife Tara who had been driving the afternoon shift during the annual harvest, on a 160-acre field south of High River, Alberta, on Sept. 28. Alberta farmers have completed 71 percent of the harvest, the government of the Western Canadian province said on Friday in its most recent crop report as of Sept. 24. The harvest completion by crop: spring wheat 76 percent; durum 84 percent; barley 74 percent; canola 60 percent. (Mike Sturk/Reuters) #

Robert Stanford, 16, passes back a pumpkin on Oct. 3 as he helps unload thousands of pumpkins from a trailer at Asbury United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, Tx. The pumpkin patch is held each year as a fundraiser for the church's annual Fall Harvest Festival, a free family event open to everyone in the community. (Michael Zamora/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via Associated Press) #

Palestinian farmer Basheer Habaybeh, right, sorts freshly harvested sesame seeds at his field in the West Bank village of Sanour, near Jenin on Sept. 7. (Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters) #

A combine harvester works its way through a barley field near the town of Benesov, 50km (30 miles) south of Prague on July 19. The harvest in the Czech Republic was delayed for around 14 days due to bad weather conditions, but farmers expect a better harvest than a year ago, said the Czech Statistical Institute. (Petr Josek/Reuters) #

Herve Zarka, a salt worker, harvests salt on July 18 in L'Epine, on the island of Noirmoutier, western France. About 100 salt workers harvest 2500 tons of salt each year on Noirmoutier. (Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian farm worker climbs a palm tree to pick dates on a farm in Deir El Balah, southern Gaza Strip, on Oct. 7. The harvesting season for dates usually starts at the beginning of October, after the first rain. The community of Deir El Balah takes its name from the word "balah", an Arabic word for dates. (Hatem Moussa)/Associated Press) #

Oyster cultivator Don Merry pours oyster seed onto the bow of his boat on Duxbury Bay in Duxbury, Mass., on Sept. 12. Oyster harvesting on Massachusetts' South Shore has been closed since Aug. 30 due to bacterial contamination from the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria and may remain closed until mid-October. (Stephan Savoia/Associated Press) #

People take part in the grape harvest for the Champagne house Koza-Janot in Sept. 24 in Buxeuil, France. (Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images) #

Students gather and load potatoes on a field in a state-owned farm near the village of Timki, Belarus, some 80 km (50 miles) east of Minsk on Sept. 5. The students receive 60,000 rubles ($5.5) for four hours' work in harvesting the farm, as well as vegetables for their schools kitchens. (Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters) #

Medick herbs are harvested by a man using a scythe on his land where the upper layer of top-soil has been replaced because of contamination in Kolontar, 167 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 3 on the eve of the third anniversary of Hungary's worst ecological catastrophe. On Oct. 4, 2010 the dike of a reservoir containing red mud waste from a nearby aluminum factory, broke, and almost one million cubic meters of the poisonous chemical sludge, inundated three villages including Kolontar, killing ten people and seriously injuring 123 others. (Zsolt Szigetvary/Associated Press) #

Just-picked Granny Smith apples at Turkey Knob wait to be taken to the processing plant where they will be cleaned, sorted, coated and sent to market on Sept. 24 near Timberville, Va. Jaime Williams, president of Turkey Knob, said he expects the apple crop to be about 10 percent above its five-year average of around 1 million bushels. (Nikki Fox/Daily News-Record via Associated Press) #

Layren McDaniel, 11, leaps on hay bails in the kids village during the Harvest Festival at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg, Ky. on Sept. 28. (Clay Jackson/The Advocate Messenger via Associated Press) #

Local men collect grapes during a harvest near the village of Kachreti, 80 km east of Tbilisi, Georgia, on Sept. 22. Wine is one of the top Georgian export products. (Zurab Kurtsikidze/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Giant pumpkins sit on pallets at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Harvest Festival Show on Oct. 9 in London, England. The nation's enthusiasts are showcasing their finest home grown fruit and vegetables for two days at the RHS Horticultural Hall. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Plates of prize winning apples are displayed at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Harvest Festival show on Oct. 9 in London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Afghan farmer Sajed Mohammed stands in his cotton field during the harvest, near Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Oct. 5. (Michael Kappeler/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Palestinian women sorts dates on a farm in Deir El Balah, southern Gaza Strip, on Oct. 7. The harvesting season for dates usually starts at the beginning of October, after the first rain. (Hatem Moussa/Associated Press) #

A worker carries washed banana at the Santa Cruz banana plantation on Aug. 2 in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, Mexico. The fruit from the plantation in the Mexican state of Chiapas are harvested year round and shipped to clients in Mexico and the United States, including Chiquita, the leading American banana distributor. (John Moore/Getty Images) #

Kosovar workers harvest potatoes on a field in the village of Pestova, northwest of Prishtina on Sept. 23. The village celebrates Potato Day on Oct. 1 by harvesting potatoes and selling them to a local potato chip factory to support a still fragile economy. (Hazir Reka/Reuters) #

An ethnic Khasi farmer harvests cabbages on a field of the Smith village in the outskirts of Shillong city, the capital of the Indian Meghalaya state, India, on Sept. 30. Agriculture is the main occupation of the Khasi people that mainly lives in the Meghalaya state. (European Pressphoto Agency) #

A farmer supervises the transporting of corn onto a grain truck in the pouring rain at the annual Husker Harvest Days agriculture fair in Grand Island, Neb., on Sept. 11. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press) #

Unemployed people gather carrots in the field of farmer Igor Pakush near the village of Malashki, some 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Minsk on Oct. 2. Some unemployed residents help harvest crops on the privately-owned farm, and in turn, receive 80,000 Belarusian rubles ($8.8) and several kilos of carrots at the end of the day as a payment for their work. (Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters) #

Marvin Kenison drives a combine as he harvests corn at the Kenison Farms in Levan, Utah, on Oct. 5. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) #

Polish fisherman pull a net from the Milickie Ponds during the traditional Carp haul in Grabownica village, south-west Poland, on Oct. 8. Traditionally, carp harvest started in October, well ahead of the forthcoming Christmas season. (Maciej Kulczynski/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A picker working overnight cuts grapes at dawn on the first day of the Beaujolais' harvest on Sept. 24 in the "Moulin a Vent" vineyard, near Chenas, Beaujolais, eastern France. Harvest in Beaujolais region will run until Oct. 20. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) #

An aerial view shows a combine harvesting wheat in a field near the village of Divnoye, some 190 km (118 miles) northeast of Stavropol in southern Russia, on July 4. Russia and other countries should hold discussions on possible humanitarian deliveries of wheat to Egypt, the world's largest importer of the grain, as it faces an acute shortage, Russia's deputy agriculture minister said. (Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters) #

Christian volunteers take part in a grape harvest in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha, near Nablus Sept. 3. Coming from various countries, the volunteers, who belong to a Christian organization that supports farmers in West Bank Jewish settlements, take part in harvests every year. (Nir Elias/Reuters) #

Kashmiri villagers thresh rice after harvest in Boras village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Srinagar, India, on Oct. 2. Agriculture is the main source of food, income, and employment in rural areas. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press) #

An employee works on Riesling grapes in a vineyard near Johannisberg, central Germany, on Aug. 26. Harvest season of the Riesling grapes starts end of September in Germany. (Fredrik von Erichsen/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Hmong hill tribe woman harvests a rice terrace field at Mu Cang Chai district, northern Vietnamese province of Yen Bai. The World Bank on Oct. 7 lowered its 2013 growth forecast for East Asian developing countries to 7.1 percent and warned that a prolonged US fiscal crisis could be damaging to the region. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian farmer harvests dates from a date palm tree in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Oct. 3. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) #

Brett Kenison, 7, watches as corn is harvested at the Kenison Farms in Levan, Utah, on Oct. 5. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) #

Rural children take a nap on corn cobs in rural Jiaozhou city, Shandong province, China, on Oct. 4. Autumn harvest season is coming as Chinese farmers begin to reap their crops. China's grain output reached a record high of 589.6 million tons in 2012 and is expected to reach a new record in 2013, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. (Wu Hong/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A combine harvests wheat in a field of a Yubileiny private agrarian farm near the village of Lakino, some 95 km (59 miles) north of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on Sept. 24. Russia's winter grains sowing campaign for the 2014 harvest, already delayed by rain in some regions, continues to fall behind its usual schedule, Russian Agriculture minister, Nikolay Fyodorov, said on Friday. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters) #